We had so much fun learning about the animals of the African Savannah with a lapbook that we decided to learn about a new animal this week: the Giant Panda! And we used another awesome lapbook from Knowledge Box Central to do it!
Giant pandas are probably one of my personal favorite animals. They are the epitome of squishy! If I could, I would pick one up and squeeze it for the rest of my life.
But it turns out that there’s a lot more to pandas than cuteness. Check out some of the amazing panda facts we learned using our Giant Panda lapbook!
For more on how to use lapbooks for other lessons in your homeschool, see our reviews of other great lapbooks from Knowledge Box Central, including a Cooking lapbook, a Math Mini Office, and a Hurricane lapbook!
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Giant Panda Lapbook
As I’ve mentioned before, Knowledge Box Central is a superb lapbook manufacturer. I never have any trouble assembling the lapbooks or teaching the unit because all the minibooks and instructions are in the downloadable file. Super simple!
I was even able to use the cover page of the lapbook file as the lapbook cover!
Here’s the supply list I used to make this lapbook:
- Colored file folders
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks (for gluing the folders together)
- Colored paper
- Stapler with staples
- Metal brad fasteners
- Tacky glue (for gluing the minibooks into the folders)
There are minibooks about the geographic range of the Giant Panda, how pandas are affected by poaching, the unique structure of panda hand bones, and the general characteristics of this species.
Plus, a tabbed book about how pandas interact with humans, the environmental impact of pandas, conservation efforts, and a panda word search!
There’s even a fold-out crossword puzzle!
My second grader couldn’t wait to get started! I actually had to tell him, “Wait, don’t do that one yet! We have to talk about it first!”
We started by examining the geographic range of the giant panda, which I’m sorry to say is not very wide. Pandas are only found in parts of three Chinese districts these days.
The minibook even shows how drastically the range of the giant panda has been reduced over the years. The culprit? Bamboo deforestation. As the available amount of bamboo dwindles, pandas have to climb higher and higher to find it, which takes a toll on the population.
And then there’s poaching, which causes more of a direct impact on panda survival. Sad.
We learned something really neat. The Chinese name for the giant panda literally means “Bear cat”. Know why? Pandas’ eyes are shaped like cat eyes, with a slit down the center! We spent some time drawing anatomically correct panda eyes.
Naturally, there was some time spent coloring the panda coloring pages.
And doing the word search!
My second grader really enjoyed this lesson and there were so many minibooks we didn’t even start! We’ll be learning about the giant panda with this lapbook for some time to come!
Check out this lapbook, plus plenty others, by visiting Knowledge Box Central today! There are a LOT of lapbooks to choose from and many are just $5!
Giant Panda Resources
Add these fun and educational resources to your study of Giant Pandas!
- Giant Pandas by Gail Gibbons – A lovely picture book about this amazing species
- Melissa & Doug Peek-A-Boo Panda – This sweet wooden toy is perfect for babies and toddlers
- National Geographic Reader Level 2: Pandas – A good book about pandas for kids who are able to read on their own
Want to see more Knowledge Box Central lapbooks in action? Check out these posts!
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