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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Actually, it is a bird, but it is not a plane. It’s a crane!

Cranes are large, beautiful, graceful water birds. Learn all about these amazing birds with our Cranes Lapbook.

Cranes Lapbook Information

Here are some sample lessons from this animal lapbook:

Cranes are found on five of the seven continents: Africa, Asia, Australian, Europe, and North America (there are no cranes in Antarctica or South America).

Crane Anatomy
Cranes come in fifteen different shapes and sizes but share these similarities:

  • long neck
  • long legs
  • rounded wings
  • pointed bill

Crane Conservation Status
Cranes are among the most vulnerable species of birds on the earth. Eleven of the fifteen species of cranes are in danger of extinction.

North America is home to the Sandhill Crane as well as the Whooping Crane; these two birds are at opposite ends of the conservation spectrum. The Sandhill Crane is the most numerous crane on the earth. The Whooping Crane, however, is the rarest of all the crane species.

Because so many cranes are endangered, they are protected by laws. There are laws about hunting cranes, moving cranes, and sometimes there are laws protecting a crane’s habitat.

You can grab a copy of the entire Cranes lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Cranes Lapbook Printables

The lapbook includes the following mini-books:

  • Crane Symbols Shutterflap Book
  • Where in the World Do Cranes Live? Map
  • What Makes a Crane a Crane? Petal Book
  • Tallest, Smallest, and Heaviest Matchbooks
  • Crane Research Page & Pocket
  • Conservation Status Flap Book
  • Interesting Facts Simple Folds Mini-book
  • Crane Menu Split Matchbook
  • Crane Origami Pocket
  • “The Wolf and the Crane” Summary Simple Fold

Crane Lapbook Example

This sample lapbook was made with one file folder and a piece of cardstock taped to the center section.

How to Get Started with Your Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the lapbook.

  1. If you want, go to your local library and check out books about cranes.
  2. Print the Cranes Lapbook.
  3. Choose and prepare the mini-books you want to use with your student.
  4. Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about cranes.

Download Your Free Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to access your free lapbook.

Crane Lapbook

Explore Our Other Bird Lapbooks

Learn more about birds with these animal lapbooks:

Seabirds Lapbook
Ostrich Lapbook
Hummingbird Lapbook