Recently we learned of a brilliant class behaviour management idea which works really well in primary classrooms. It’s known as Mystery Walker and is aimed at improving pupils’ behaviour when moving round school.
It involves having a box with the names of all the children in the class on individual cards or discs situated near the exit to the classroom. The teacher dramatically selects and reads the name on card on the way out. He or she pockets the card.
The idea is that the children understand that the teacher will be watching the selected pupil particularly closely to see how they behave en route. Each child believes that it could be them that’s being watched. Later if the child has behaved beautifully their name is revealed, they are praised and given a class reward otherwise no name is revealed.
Following our recent popular post suggesting lapbooks for topic work we’ve created additional mini-book templates which you are welcome to download below for free. We’ve included the finished folded measurements of each mini-book. We also advise on each whether we think it’s best printed on card or paper. You can make seven different mini-books from the templates.
We have also added extra pins to our Lapbook Ideas Pinterest page ideas to inspire you. Don’t forget there were free mini-book templates on our original lapbook post too. Happy lapbooking!
Circle-spinner with split-pin mini-book
Single square flap mini-book
Five, three or two square flap mini-book
Flower flap hexagon-shaped mini-book
Layered tabs mini-book
Lately I’ve been seeing topic work displayed in lapbooks, which may be called layer books or flap books. They are basically folders containing topic work in different formats of ‘mini-books’ such as pockets, flap books, facts and pictures. I have collected images of lapbooks on a Pinterest Board so you can see them in action.
The most basic lapbook can be just one folder which is perhaps ideal for younger children but older primary pupils may prefer to have up to three folders stuck together for a more comprehensive topic.
Check out this YouTube video if you want to see how a lapbook is assembled. I think it is important to use good quality, sturdy folders and to strengthen the central panels with extra card so your lapbooks don’t flop under the weight of work inside. I can anticipate that storage of completed work before compilation of the lapbook would need to be carefully considered.
If you fancy getting started I have created three blank mini-books inserts which you can download below and print out either on paper or card to put in your lapbook. Look out for more lapbook mini-book inserts to come.
Download mini-book inserts here: