My Father's Dragon Story Study Lapbook
Note: This book may not be suitable for every family. The boy feels that his mother is unreasonable and runs away from home.
Lapbook Minit Books
Created by Ami Brainerd
You may need additional supplies to complete this lapbook. Please have cardstock, brads (brass fasteners), an overhead transparency, and some ribbons (optional) on hand before you begin.
Most of these books are in black and white. If your student does not enjoy coloring, consider printing them on colored paper.
Matchbook & Mouse Speak
& Wild Boar Evidence
Tiger Facts Wheel
Tiger Math Flap
Rhino Pocket &
What's in the Sack? 3/4
Rhino Facts & Gorilla's Problem
Lion Upset &
Message to Cat
I See Fleas!
Crossing the River
& Crocodile Facts
Character Hotdog Book
Hotdog Book Instructions
New Words Pocket and
Chapter 1- My Father Meets the Cat
Lapbook Activity- Kindness Matchbook
Inside the book write about ways "my father" was kind to the cat or write ways you can show kindness to animals.
Check the appropriate boxes and complete the last sentence.
Chapter 2 - My Father Runs Away
Lapbook Activity- Dragon Shape
Color the dragon according to the cat's description. On the other dragon shape, write about the dragon's plight on Wild Island.
Lapbook Activity- Knapsack
Chapter 3- My Father Finds the Island
Lapbook Activity - What's in the Sack?
After you cut/fold the book, open it. On the left side write what the sailors thought was in the sack.
Lapbook Activity- Whale Accordion
Record whale facts in this book.
Chapter 4- My Father Finds the River
Lapbook Activity- Wild Boars: Finding Evidence
The wild boars knew that something wasn't right. How did they know? Write about the evidence they found in this minit book.
Lapbook Activity- Island Flora and Fauna
Start keeping a list of all the animals (fauna) and plants (flora) that Elmer encounters while on Wild Island
Lapbook Activity- Tortoise Facts
Record tortoise facts in the minit book.
Chapter 5- My Father Meets Some Tigers
Lapbook Activity- Tiger Facts Wheel
Lapbook Activity- Tiger Math
Chapter 6- My Father Meets a Rhinoceros
Lapbook Activity- Why was the rhino crying?
Write why the rhino was crying on the back of the toothbrush.
Lapbook Activity- Rhino Facts
Record rhino facts in this minit book.
Chapter 7- My Father Meets a
Lapbook Activity- Why was the Lion upset?
Write why the Lion was upset in the minit book.
Lapbook Activity- Lion Facts
Record Lion facts on the pages provided.
Lapbook Activity- Message to the Cat
Have Elmer write a letter to the cat to let her know what's happening. How will he get it to her? By putting it in a bottle and dropping it in the ocean!
Chapter 8- My Father Meets a
Lapbook Activity- Gorilla's Problem
Write gorilla's problem inside the minit book.
Lapbook Activity- I See Fleas!
Have your student write some flea facts on the blank pages.
Chapter 9- My Father Makes a
Lapbook Activity- Crossing the River
Write how Elmer crossed the river on the strips (above the crocodiles).
Lapbook Activity- Crocodile Facts
Write crocodile facts inside the shape book.
Lapbook Activity- What's Lurking on the East Side of the Island? Pop-up book
The map says "my father doesn't know what's on this side of the island." What do you think you would find there? Draw a picture of something you think you would find there (box is provided in file). On the lines write about the animals/plants found on this unexplored side of the island.
Chapter 10- My Father Finds the Dragon
Lapbook Activity- Adventure with the Dragon
Write about Elmer and the Dragon's first adventure together. Store your story in the pocket provided.
Additional Minit Books
Lapbook Activity- Mouse Speak
Think up some of your own fun phrases and write them in mouse-speak. Record them in the book.
Lapbook Activity- Main Character
As you go through this story, you will learn lots about Elmer Elevator. Record information about him in the hotdog book.
Lapbook Activity- Vocabulary
~Read the dedication. Write a story for your own father.
~Math opportunities in this book are plentiful. Write up some tangerine word problems (he eats....has how many left...picks how many more, etc.). You could also write up some word problems for the crocodiles and the lollipops. How many animals are there chasing Elmer on page 83 (at the end of the story)?
~Read Runny Babbit with your student (in the same vein as mouse-speak).