We have been doing lapbooks for many of our school subjects for years: science, history, character, Bible, English, math, etc. But, today I want to show you some fun ways to combine music with lapbooks.
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Fun Ways to Combine Music With Lapbooks
You’ve probably heard me express before how much I LOVE the Maestro Classics CDs. They are high quality, use a real orchestra to play the music, have a variety of activities, and are so fun to listen to!
Now, I have discovered that the lapbook company A Journey Through Learning has made lapbook packs that go along with the CDs!
Today, I’ll share about two of them:
What is a Lapbook?
First, just a quick explanation about what a lapbook is in case you don’t know. They are a way for students to synthesize what they have learned about a particular subject by writing or drawing on mini-booklets (made of paper) and pasting them in a file folder. I have more information at these posts:
My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music
On the audio of My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music, you learn the story of Handel and why he wrote Water Music. You learn about his opera Rinaldo and his oratorio Messiah.
The lapbook not only contains the mini-booklets, it includes pictures and instructions for how to put it together, lessons to read about different topics, notebooking pages to write what they learned and other books they read, and a bibliography/other websites to explore.
Here are the different mini-booklets included:
- A cover graphic to decorate
- What is a Composer?
- George Frederick Handel
- Domenico Scarlatti
- The Noble Courts of England in the 1700s
- Bio of Elector of Hanover/King George I
- Thames River
- Timpani drums
- Hornpipe melody
- Westminster Abbey
- Dynamic Markings
- Sonata/Concerto/Concerto Grosso
- Water Music
- Instruments in Water Music
- The Five Elements of a Story
- The Stories of 8 of Handel’s Pieces
Examples of Lesson Pages:
See how comprehensive this is? It would be perfect for a time when you just want to do something different for school. 🙂
Casey at the Bat
Now, let me tell you about the other lapbook that goes with the Casey at the Bat recording.
The Mini-Booklets in this one include:
- Cover to color
- Ernest Lawrence Thayer (the poet)
- Brass instruments
- Marching Band info
- History of Baseball
- The Rules of Baseball
- Baseball positions
- Playing field
- Baseball equipment
- Types of Pitches
- Great baseball players
- Admirable qualities
- Ballpark foods
- Cool facts
- Casey at the Bat, the poem
(Disclosure: I received these 2 lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning so I could honestly review them here. This post contains affiliate links.)