Here are my favourite minibook templates all in 1 download.
To download your MS Word version ~ click here ~ Minibook Master Template MS Word
To download your pdf version ~ click here ~ Minibook Master Template pdf
There are several ways you can use this download:
- Print and use the minibooks:
Print it out on card stock. Use them as a template to draw and cut out on coloured paper. Store these folded and ready in ziplock bags (Check out Jimmie’s Collage – where I first saw this idea.)
- How to use this download to create your own lapbook:
Save the Minibook Master Template file on to your computer. Open it and open a new Word document. Copy a suitable template from the Master Template and paste it on the new document. Make it larger or smaller or rotate it. I add a text box, paste it near the minibook and type my instructions or information in this. Then I copy and paste clip art or pictures to suit my theme. I add this information to my lapbook planner (on page 12) and add web site links, book page or chapter number. As I develop the lapbook I consider different style minibooks for variety and for use, (eg.:a 4 Flaps Minibook or a 4 Tab Minibook for 4 pieces of information.)
- Make a Lapbook Folder to store all the minibook templates:
When I started making minibooks, I needed to see the minibook in “real life” so I printed the templates and stuck them into a cardboard folder. I grouped them in styles. As I planned my lapbook, I browsed through my folder and chose the style minibook. I wrote this on my lapbook planner and then created the lapbook on the computer. The girls still prefer to choose the minibook they want by browsing through this folder.
- Here are the many helpful web sites, free downloads and templates I found:
homeschoolshare.com ~ excellent lists of EVERY template by divisions with hyperlinks – all organized!
Squidoo Minibook Gallery ~Jimmie has created the most comprehensive gallery of photos and info on minibooks.
notebookingpages.com ~simple, clear and classic photo layout with free downloads
Did you spot the newest, simplest minibook called a STEP MINIBOOK? Look on page 11 of the download and go on ~ try it! I found it at makingbooks.com.