Lapbooks are a way to take the work out of unit studies..
“Before In the Hands of a Child made its debut, homeschoolers had to do all of the preparation in order to pull together a lapbook. That task takes a lot of time when searching for items and/or graphics to use. Many educators do not have the time or the resources to complete this for every unit study in their curriculum. Knowing how much our own children learned and enjoyed learning in this style we knew we could meet a need for educators who want to put more of a hands-on spin to their curriculum, but were daunted by the task. We took the preparation time out of the parent/teacher job description and allowed educators to focus on the learning experience.http://www.handsofachild.com/shop/AboutUs.aspx
You may want to consider using lap books for studying novels, science topics, social studies topics, and more! Worth checking out.