Friday, 28 January 2011

LAPBOOK ~ The State of ALASKA

In addition to the "Remember Me Pockets" for each month, "Fortunately For You Books", also offers many other products for homeschoolers.  Their company website featured this free mini lapbook on the State of Alaska.  The instructions appeared to indicate that the mini books would fit inside a folded sheet of cardstock.  When we had everything printed and cut out, however, it didn't fit!  So we made some modifications and used a regular file folder lapbook and put our mini books inside this.

FRONT COVER

BACK COVER

LEFT FLAP - Accordian mini books open

MIDDLE SECTION

MIDDLE SECTION - State Symbols showing. 
This information is enclosed in the pink cone-shaped pocket. 
RIGHT FLAP - Information about State flag
 in pocket and "Places to See" tab book
Some facts that Alisdair learned are:

The industries of the State of Alaska include:  fishing, natural gas and oil.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States.  It is more than two times bigger than Texas!
The capital of Alaska is Juneau.
Alaska comes from the Eskimo word 'Alakshak' meaning 'Great Lands.'
Most of the United States supply of crab, salmon, halibut and herring come from Alaska.
Nearly on third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
Alaska became the 49th state in the United States on January 3, 1959.
Seventeen out of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are in Alaska.

The Sitka Spruce is the official state tree.  The Alaska state flower is the Alpine Forget-Me-Not. The Willow Ptarmigan is the official state bird and the state land mammal is the Moose.  Alaskan moose are the largest in the world and can weigh up to 1,600 pounds!  Now wouldn't that make a tasty burger?!

For all intents and purposes, this lapbook is complete, but I am going to get Alisdair to write a letter to the Governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell to ask for leaflets which might offer additional information about the State.  If we receive an interesting response, we will write another blog post about it.

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