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Why do giraffes have tassels on their tails? Why do they have such large muscles in their shoulders? How fast can a giraffe run?

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more with our free Giraffe Lapbook.

Giraffe Lapbook Information

Here are some sample lessons from the Giraffe Lapbook:

Giraffe Diet
What does a giraffe eat and drink? Giraffes eat leaves, buds, and twigs that are high up in the trees and in lower bushes, and drink water.

Giraffe Defenses
Fight: Giraffes defend themselves and their babies by kicking with both the rear and front legs. Their kicks can kill an adult lion with one swift blow. Their necks and heads also make great battering rams.

Flight: Giraffes will run away from predators when needed, but their walk is quick enough to carry them away, as well.

Baby Giraffes
How big is a baby giraffe at birth? Six feet tall.

In 15 minutes after being birthed, baby giraffes are able to stand up. In an hour after being birthed, baby giraffes can walk and drink their mother’s milk. After a few days, they can start to eat other foods. After a few months, the baby giraffes can still eat other foods, but drink their mother’s milk twice a day for a year.

Giraffe Relative
What animal is the last living relative of the giraffe? The okapi is about half the height of a giraffe and is known for living alone in forests. Okapis have dark velvet fur with zebra stripes on the legs, making excellent camouflage against predators.

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

Giraffe Lapbook Printables

In addition to the research and lessons, this Giraffe Lapbook also includes these printable mini-books:

  • Giraffe Diet Twice Folded Book
  • Giraffe Predators Accordion
  • New Words Tab Book
  • Living Together Matchbook
  • Last Living Relative Matchbook
  • Baby Giraffes Envelope Fold
  • Watch Me Grow! Simple Fold
  • Giraffes on the Map Simple Fold
  • As Big as a Giraffe Layer Book
  • Giraffe Facts File Folder Mini-books
  • Giraffe Defenses Accordion
  • Giraffe Family Names Flap Book

Giraffe Lapbook Example

Here is a Giraffe Lapbook Sample for you to look at and get ideas for how to make a lapbook. This lapbook includes one file folder and a center extension (a piece of cardstock taped to the center section).

Giraffe Lapbook Sample
Giraffe Lapbook with Center Extension Lifted

How to Get Started with Your Giraffe Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Giraffe Lapbook.

  1. If you want, go to your local library and check out books about giraffes.
  2. Print the Giraffe 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 giraffes.

Download Your Giraffe Lapbook

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Zebra Lapbook
Lion Lapbook
Rhinoceros Lapbook