Flip Books: The Ultimate Way to Engage Students

Are you looking for new, easy, fun ways to engage your students in meaningful activities? Interactive flip books are your answer!

Are you looking to spice up your instruction with easy-to-plan, easy-to-use, engaging activities for your students? You tired of printable “worksheets” that your students find boring?  Do you want to step thing up a notch?

Here is your answer:  Use engaging FLIP BOOKS!

Your students will flip over them… seriously.

After I created my first flip book product, I tried it out on my 8 year-old daughter before I took it to school to use with my students.  She emphatically told me that it was her new favorite product (and she’s been my guinea pig more times than I can count).

Use flip books to assess comprehension and other important reading skills for picture books. Students love the interactive and engaging format!

What’s so great about flip books?

  1.  The nature of the flip book creates interest in students because of the engaging format.  It brings the creation of a “book” to a new level and allows them to do some cutting to create the flaps.  Each page is a fun surprise, as the title shows. but content can’t be seen until the student flips the pages.
  2. If you are accustomed to using interactive notebooks that require a lot of cutting and gluing, you probably already know that the time commitment is more than many teachers can afford.  Flip books are truly the best of both worlds since they are interactive and hands-on, but require minimal cutting and no gluing.
  3. Their versatility knows no bounds!  You can use flip books for every single subject, skill, activity, or project. Use them for vocabulary words, literature units, book reports, reading logs, or study guides.  You can even spice up the flip book by printing it on bright colored paper, or varying the orientation of the pages. Flip books are perfect for monthly reading logs! Students are more responsible for their understanding, reflection, and connections to what they're learning in the classroom!
  4. For students who are tactile and/or visual, the flip book gives them an extraordinarily organized way to study material.  The tabs allow them to see what is on each page without the frustration of searching.
  5. There are flip book templates available for teachers.  This option allows you to create your own customized flip book!  The one I use the most comes from Danielle Knight here.  She takes the headache out of formatting and precision on each tab.  That’s a win-win!

If you’d like to see a sample of a flip book format, this flip book is FREE!  Designed as a back to school reading log for September, it also allows you to check out the construction and format.  I’ve found that it is most efficient to staple the booklet together for students prior to distributing them.  Students are then responsible for cutting the flaps on each page and won’t bother you with “lost pages” and compilation issues.

What are some other ways you can utilize flip books in your classroom?

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I am Kirsten Tulsian, an elementary educator with 18 years of experience as a teacher and counselor. My passion lies in empowering students to discover their inherent brilliance through the use of engaging, rigorous, and meaningful activities. I look forward to connecting with you!

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