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Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets.

I see the inspiration behind the timing of this month’s theme “Living Prophets Teach me to Choose the Right”.  I think this little matching activity will help my kids recognize some face for General Conference which is just a few weeks away.  I really need to play with them so I can finally straighten out the M. Russell/Russell M. confusion that I have had for years.  This link will take you to About.com which is a great place to find LDS clip art from past Friend magazines.  I love all of the New Era Posters which are organized there  too and am thinking up a use for those in a future lapbook.

There are two options for this activity. Print photo and bio cards (for readers) or print two sets of photo cards (for non-readers).  Then enjoy a game of go fish, memory match, or make a pair.  You can also opt to glue the bio to the back of the photo to make a flash card.  I recommend printing on card stock and laminating the cards because they will be used a lot I’m sure (or last more that 30 seconds in the mouth of baby sister!).  Remember to print a coordinated pocket to store the prophet/apostle cards for your lapbook.

Prophet and Apostle cards with bios

Prophet and Apostle card pocket

Hint: Before you glue your pocket to the file folder, fill the assembled pocket with all of the Apostle cards. It will be puffy and full. Hot glue only the part of the pocket that touches the folder.  This little step will make it easier to put the cards in later and keep the sides from ripping.

**Save the “I will follow the Prophet” pocket for week 4.  There is also clip art on the pocket page, SAVE that too.  You will want it to use on your Infinity card or to decorate bare spots on your file folder. (Don’t know what an infinity card is?  Just you wait.  I’m gonna amaze you!)

The next mini book is a horizontal layer book titled “How does Heavenly Father speak to members of the Church?”.  You will need to download and print the following files:

Layered book title and page 1  
Layered book page   2 Layered book page 3  Below are some pictures of the inside layers.  (I’m having trouble pulling up previews for some of the PDF’s hosted in 4shared.  Suggestions anyone?)

Cut out all of the rectangles from each page.  You can adapt this mini-book  several ways according to your child’s skill level or interest.  You can choose to color and cut the clip art from each page and glue it on a layer.  You can have your child journal or draw his/her own pictures.  Once your mini book is filled up, stack all of the pages and staple at the top.  Glue the back into the middle section of the  lapbook  (make sure you place it near the top so you have room for week 3’s  mini-book below it.)

If you missed the beginning of this month’s lapbook, you can start here.



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Week 1: God speaks through living prophets.

Week 1: God speaks through living prophets.

The song for the month is “Stand for the Right” (CS, 159).  It has a catchy tune and you will find yourself (and hopefully your child) humming it through the day.  Humming is nice, but knowing the words really brings the message home.  So add this element to your March lapbook for sure!


Glue the Song to the center (not a flap) of one of the lapbooks.

Cut out the red cars on this sheet and “park” them over some words to help with memorizing the song.  You will want to attach a paper clip to the bottom of the song (before you glue it down)  to help hold the cars when they are not being used.  I’ve included some clip art with the song to decorate bare spots or cover up  mistakes.  You will want to wait until most of the mini books are in place before you start decorating.  So hang on to those little images!

The scripture for the month is Amos 3:7 ” Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  To help kids memorize this scripture, I typed out some word strips.  You will need to cut them apart according to your child’s skill level.  You may cut individual words, whole lines, give puzzle clues with diagonal  or wavy cuts etc.  To introduce the scripture, start by reading the scripture aloud and having the child repeat it line by line.  Then, work together to build the scripture in the correct order using the word strips.  Practice saying it aloud over and over, then remove one word strip at a time.  When the child is playing independently,  he/she can practice building the scripture, then  reciting it from memory by eliminating words strips or covering certain words.  You will want to put a paper clip around the word strips and secure it to the Amos 3:7 pocket to keep everything together.  Download and print the following file.
Scripture and pockets

Glue the scripture pocket onto the middle of a flap to leave room for the word strips to poke out and not cover up another mini book or hang over the lapbook cover.

In the above file, there are two pockets.  One is for the scripture, and the other is for a Cootie Catcher.  A What?  This mini book will  certainly not give you cooties, but it will be lots of fun to share with friends.   Print the file on a full sheet of paper and cut along outside square. 

I know the lines seem confusing, but I’m sure that once you start folding, your childhood muscle memory will come back and finish the job.  Or just hand it over to your child and let him do his thing!

Folding instructions:  Fold in half.  Flip paper over.  Bring all 4 corners to the center (you will see Prophets and numbers) and crease. Flip paper over (you will see traffic signs).  Bring all 4 corners to the center and crease.  Fold in half both ways.  Slide fingers under prophet flaps and play.

Play instructions:  Really it hasn’t all come back to you yet?? Pick a Prophet/Apostle.  Spell the name. Pick a number. Count it. Pick another number.  Open  to see your mystery sign.

Store the Cootie Catcher in the pocket and glue to an inside  flap of the March CTR Lapbook near the bottom.

******This activity  is in no way intended to be a “fortune teller”.  It is just to help kids practice their spelling and numbers and to remind us that Prophets and Apostles are sent to give us direction.

If you are having fun with this cootie catcher, you may want to MAKE SOME MORE.  Here are some ideas from gaillovely.com on how to use  a Cootie Catcher for learning.  You can go to her site for a blank template and type in your own words.

•Put an action where the fortunes are usually written and use it as a PE activity generator (children might select a flap and get an activity like “run in place” or “hop on one foot”)
•For Language Arts, use words and have students open and close it the number of syllables in the word or spell the word rather than using numbers.
•For math put simple math facts instead of numbers – so “5+3” could be on a flap, “6+1” on another flap and students open and close the “catcher” according to the solution to the math fact selected.
•For reading and writing, students create the fortunes and must write them concisely to fit in the space allotted. Students must read aloud the fortunes for all to hear.
•For any subject, 8 facts or factoids can be written in the place of fortunes, or questions with their answers can be written there as well.
•For writing, students could have a different “catcher” for selecting a character (with a wide collection of characters, one under each flap), another for selecting a setting or a predicament and then write or draw the story using these characters, settings or predicaments.

Come back soon to download the mini books for Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are Prophets.



Ps. If you have any questions, leave me a comment!