Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on The Swiss Family Robinson.
Hope you enjoy it!
The Swiss Family Robinson is an exciting adventure about a family whose ship is destroyed by a furious storm. They become marooned on an island. This story tells the tale of their adventures there, how they setup a new homestead, and how they rely on their wits and creativity to survive in this new land. join the Robinson family on their thrilling adventures as they turn the savage island into a place they can call home.
This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Swiss Family Robinson Classic Starts version as retold from the Johann David Wyss original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.
Watch The Swiss Family Robinson Lapbook Video to see more information:
What ages are these units for?
I normally recommend my literature units for elementary level readers grades 1-5. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment for each chapter. There are writing assignments for each chapter as your students answer comprehension questions from the reading. So you’ll just want to make sure they’re comfortable writing.
Or you can read it together as a group if you have younger readers, then have them complete the mini-book assignments when you’re done with each chapter.
How long does the literature unit take?
That really depends on your child’s reading speed, and how many chapters there are in the book! And how fast your child reads through the chapters as well.
Each one varies in length, and you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated mini-book assignments, or you can have them do 2-3/week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.
What’s included in the Unit Study?
Each unit includes everything you need to complete the literature unit and lapbook with the exception of the book itself and a couple of regular file folders.
The download includes a teacher’s manual with the daily reading assignments, along with the comprehension questions and answers for each chapter. This makes it much easier for you to help your students even if you haven’t read the book yourself!
There is also one mini-book for each chapter in the book. Inside your student will answer a comprehension question that relates directly to the chapter they’ve just read. Some assignments include vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and completing the various reports included in the curriculum.
For older students:
This unit includes 5 reports that your students can complete. If you have older readers, have them do these reports to make the unit a bit more challenging. If you have younger readers, you might prefer to ask the questions verbally so they aren’t having to write a report.
The reports include:
- Story Facts (Setting, Main Plot, Main Characters)
- Protagonist vs. Antagonist
- Prediction Sheet
- My Book Report
- Book vs. Movie
- Storyboard timeline
As you read through the book, each chapter has a mini-book with comprehension questions for your student to complete.
This unit has 21 mini-books plus a vocabulary mini-book full of terms to learn throughout the story.
Then on the backside of the lapbook, I added a pocket to the backside where you can store the reports and story timeline.
Get your copy today and start learning with classic literature!
Looking for more unit studies? Check out these links!
- My Literature Lapbooks
- My Science & Inventor Lapbooks
- Famous Artists Lapbook & Unit Study
- Famous Composers Lapbook & Unit Study
For more lapbook tutorials:
Of course you know I love to give back to my readers, so I’m offering 1 of these units free for one of you! Enter below!
My girls and I have this book from Classic Starts on Audio CD and love to listen to it over and over. This would be fun – thanks for the chance to win Erica. 🙂
Thanks for the chance to share this wonderful book with my son.
Thanks for the chance to win!
So excited to use your literature units in the future!
Thank you for the chance to win this unit. We had been super excited to read Swiss Family Robinson, which my girls received for Christmas. Unfortunately, we found it much too difficult to read and quit after just a few pages. Thanks so much for mentioning the Classic Starts version – I will get it right away so we can begin reading it.