My students love creating pop up books to represent information that we have learned about in class. They are great for social studies, as well as literacy instruction. Here are some of my favorite units which give students opportunities to show their learning through this creative method.
Pop Up Books For Literacy
I use pop up books to help my students master figurative language, while reading some favorite tall tales. The Tall Tales Bundle can be contains passages about Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, and Pecos Bill. Each lesson in this bundle also introduces a figurative language skill – hyperbole, metaphors, similes, idioms, and personification. A great unit to teach your students about figurative language and folk tales. For examples of ways I use parts of this bundle in my instruction, view my post about Adding Fun To Your Guided Reading Lessons.
For Social Studies
Pop Up Books lend themselves well to social studies lessons. Informational text can be dry, without art activities to help students process the information. My class creates pop books for many social studies lessons throughout the year, but there are two favorite units each year. The first is our Native American Bundle. Students learn about Native Americans tribes from all over the United States.
Another favorite unit is our black history month bundle. It includes informational text on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Ruby Bridges.
Another favorite lesson is Dinosaurs. Students love learning about various dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. This complete dinosaurs lesson is a great way for students to learn more about dinosaurs.
Greek Myths can also be read and enjoyed using these creative books. Study the gods and goddesses, demigods, and mortals of Greek Mythology with this bundled unit. These lessons are fun, and very informative.