Squid Lapbook

Squids are most definitely Ethan’s favorite animal.  He loves to read about them, play with toy squids, and even refuses to eat squid meat (which is very popular in Japan) not because he doesn’t like the taste, but as a show of solidarity to his favorite sea creatures.  So, it was not surprising when he suggested that we do a lapbook about squid.  Through our research, we learned that giant squid can grow to be longer than a school bus and we marked out the length on a wall near our house to help us visualize how long that really was.  We also discovered that there are bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) squid that live at the bottom of the ocean, that a giant squid’s eyeballs can grow to be as big as beach balls, and that the only natural predator of the giant squid is the sperm whale.  The kids also enjoyed making a paper squid craft, finding out what squid eggs look like, and discovering that squid live in all the oceans of the world.  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.


3 thoughts on “Squid Lapbook

  1. Dear Dorothy & Mom,

    Thanks for your questions! It had been while since we did this lapbook, so I had to look at the photos to remind me of what we did for this one. I remember that we did a search for a pre-made squid lapbook, but couldn’t find one so we just made it up ourselves. Do you know about the homeschool share website? Here’s the link to the top page of the website: http://www.homeschoolshare.com They have a lapbooking link with lots of free pre-made lapbooks and a “lapbooking resources” link where they have tons of free tempates for making your own lapbooking mini books. Here’s the link for that: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lapbooking_resources.php When we made this lapbook three years ago, they didn’t have any tempates you could type on and print out. They just had blank ones you could print, so I hand wrote the titles on the books since my kids were seven, six, and two at the time. Recently, though, you can get a free download pdf file of a bunch of lapbooking templates you can type on and then print out. You can’t save what you’ve made, but you can print it. If you go to the lapbooking resources link above, you can find a link to how to download those. They just ask that you sign up to receive their blog posts via email. After you sign up, you’ll get you’ll get your first blog email and in that email there will be a link to the free pdf file. If you’re into lapbooking, I definitely recommend getting that file. For us it took 2 or 3 days before we got the email with the link, but I used it several times when we made a shark lapbook recently and it was very helpful.

    Here’s a link to the squid paper craft we did, but it looks like now you have to become a member of this paper craft site to download their printables. When we did it, we found it for free. http://www.robives.com/blog/snap_squid_come_and_get_it

    If you want something free, though, I would recommend the daily origami videos on You Tube. We live in Japan, so the kids know all about origami and do it at school, etc. but this is a really easy to follow video series that shows you step by step how to make all kinds of animals from origami paper. She sometimes goes a little fast, so we just pause her explanation while we fold and then start up the video again. Here’s a link to how to make a squid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6EBv2EVPMw

    Here’s a link from howstuffworks.com that has six pages of info on squids. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/marine-life/squid.htm The first article is called How Squid Work and then you can click an arrow to move on to five more pages of info, including videos and photos of squids. I think this is where we originally go the squid paper craft, but I couldn’t find it there this time. Probably because the orginal site became a membership site and they stopped linking it. There’s also a free howstuffworks iPad app that we’ve used as a lapbooking resource because it often has lots of good videos.

    Other than that, we just brainstormed together about questions they wanted answered about squids and typed those into a Word document. Then I researched the answers and we added those to the Word document along with some photos of squids and their life cycle that we found in google images. We used that information to create various mini books. If you google a question you have about squids, it’s easy to find lots of resources that help you answer your question. Other good things to include would be the squid life cycle, predators/prey, where they live (we just googled a blank world map and printed it and then googled where giant squids live and shaded into the map the oceans around the world where they live. I think we got the diagram of the squid at enchantedlearning.com. They are another good lapbooking resource. They probably have a blank world map there too. If you click on the photos of the lapbook in this post, you can see all the mini books we made and what their titles were. Also, if you send me your email address, I can email you the Word document we made. If you’d rather not post your email address here, you can send me a personal message through the sonlight forums and give it to me that way. Just search for Sushimom and then there will be a button to click to send me a personal message.

    Hope this helps and that you both really enjoy making a squid lapbook together!


  2. Your son, Ethan, sounds just like my daughter, Dorothy. She’s CRRAAAZZZZY about giant squids. Plush toys, books, bath toys, costumes, movies, clothing…you name it, it’s all squid all the time. She’s an 8-year-old twin, and she’s homeschooled with the Sonlight curriculum in Canada.

    Dorothy would really like to know where you got your lapbooking components from. She’s a big fan of lapbooking, and would dearly like to make a giant squid lapbook. Are there any resources out there you can share with her?

    Dorothy’s Mom

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