There are several different ways to compile the information your student learns in a unit study. There is no right way and no wrong way, just what works best for your student. Here are some suggested methods that we have used that work for us.
- Lapbook - A lapbook is a couple of file folders put together to display all the little projects and research we complete in the unit study. We usually section it out so that we can fit multiple facts and projects in the lapbook and show all of our work in one place.
- Notebook - A notebook is just a spiral bound notebook where my student will put all the information they research for the unit study. If you don't want to use a spiral bound notebook, you could always use loose leaf paper and a binder.
- Folders - This is another method we have used where we combine a lapbook and a notebook in a three prong folder. We used the outside and inside flaps to glue down projects and then we use the prongs to hold our notebook pages.
- Research Paper - I do this with my high school student. I have him collect all the facts and information he finds in a notebook. Then he uses his research to write a paper on the topic.
- Create a Game - We have made file folder games out of the information we learned on a subject, but you could create your own board game too using cardboard and craft supplies.
- Create a Newspaper - I've had my son use the information he studied in his unit study to create his own newspaper. I had him write articles that contained facts, advertisements that fit the time period he studied, and entertainment articles that pertained to the study. It was a fun way for him to present his research.
This is a list of just some of the ways you can have your students present what they learned in a unit study. There are so many more creative options and how you choose to show your work depends on your student. My elementary student loves to show her creativity and create elaborate lapbooks and projects to show what she learned. My high school student likes to do reports or newspapers, something that shows what he learned, but doesn't have to have the artistic flair his sister likes to show. Neither way is wrong, it just totally depends on each of my children. I like for their personalities to show in their unit studies. This gives them ownership of the study and they do a great job when they feel like it is theirs. The bottom line is you know your student and you know how they learn best, so do that.