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Low-Waste Zombieland Lapbook – Halloween Writing and Storytelling

Big holidays always leave enormous piles of garbage behind them and teachers need to try to reduce the ELT footprint in any way possible.

I love creating lap books, and I make them from a lot of recyclables – I desperately try to promote low waste in my classrooms. Every material in my shop begs buyers not to print the first decorative page and to use dry erase pockets for materials so that they can reuse them.

I will guide you step by step to create your own Zombieland lap book and I will share tips on how to use it, as well as how to store it to reuse it in the future. Download and print the pdf.

  1. My monster-in-law, pardon, my mother-in-law printed the first page and the disclaimer page as well, although I specifically told her not to do it! It turned out all right because she printed it in black and white, so I was able to use the first page of the lap book as well. Also, the lap book is printed on already used papers – there’s text on the back of most of the papers.

2. Cut out the shapes. Save the excess paper in a folder for crafting!

3. Leave a bit of paper behind the zombie so that you can use it to glue it in your lap book.

4. Fold the shapes in the dotted lines.

5. Prepare your pizza box – I love using old pizza boxes for lap books because they are sturdy and they are often non-recyclable – if they get greasy from the cheese, they are useless.

6. Decorate the box. I used a random catalog to cut out the shapes for the front page.

7. Decide where you want to glue the cut-outs. Try to organize it so that there is extra space between the shapes for decoration or to make it easily readable.

8. Start gluing, then color it! I colored it with watercolors to make it messy and fun.

9. When you finish, start writing your introduction to Halloween, told by a Zombie.

Zombieland – Story About Halloween

The story starts with a Zombie waking up in the afterlife and being confused as to what is happening. He meets a lot of monsters (a vampire, a ghoul, a witch, etc.), and they slowly explain what is Halloween. The ending is open and anything can happen – it’s up to you! Here are some writing prompts when it comes to important features of Halloween:

  • When I became a Zombie, everyone was talking about Halloween…
  • The origin of Halloween is connected to…
  • On Halloween, we play…
  • On Halloween, we eat…
  • On Halloween, we wear costumes because…

A few ways to use the lap book

  1. Use it for guided writing – make one and let children manipulate the little pages to find writing ideas inside. Guide them to writing a story, but make sure to leave an open ending so that everyone can follow their own imagination.
  2. Use it for storytelling and dramatizing – make an interactive storytelling activity and have one child help you share the story about a new Zombie joining Halloween.
  3. Share the printable as a home project so that the children can create a lap book with their parents. Have them bring back the lap book to school and create a lap book fair on Halloween.
  4. Fold the lap book (unpack the pizza box), store it for next year or gift it to someone – just don’t throw it away.

How can you organize Halloween-themed lessons without creating too much waste in your classrooms? What do you think about lap books used for storytelling? Let me know in the comments, or via the contact page.

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Alice is a 27 years old preschool teacher (Pre-K) with a B.Ed. She is currently enrolled in her Master studies, with a double major, one of them being English teaching methodology. She is also an online ESL teacher and blog writer for British Council. Last but not least, she is a mother of a very energetic toddler.

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