I love an activity that can be used across all subjects, and all grade levels! Flip books are a tool that I have used with first graders, up through sixth grade. I think the best part about them is that students don’t feel like they’re doing ‘work’ with these, since they have an opportunity to be creative and illustrate.
Here is a FREE flip book that I use during language arts:
I have used this flip book during guided reading, as well as during a class read aloud. This activity keeps students engaged as active readers and/or as active listeners. Here’s how you can use this freebie during a class read aloud:
As you start reading, find an appropriate place to stop in the text, and let students first make a prediction about what will happen next. You can also have students predict before the story even begins. I usually have them write a short phrase/sentence about their prediction and then below it draw a matching picture (we add more details to our pictures AFTER reading time is finished).
Continue reading, and find a stopping point again. This time let students think of a question to ask (either to a character, about the plot, or even to the author). Students write the question and add a picture.
My favorite “page” is next…mental imagery! You will stop for a third time during the read aloud and let students have time to draw a picture of a part of the story that is in their minds. Have them write a small caption below the picture.
The last flip book page is blank. I let students be creative in what they would like to add here. I have had students ask more questions, tell about their favorite character, favorite part, an alternate ending, etc… It’s fun to see what the kids come up with!
I just posted a revised version of my new Flip Books: For All Subjects, which now includes over 30 different flip books that can be used for multiple subjects…math, reading, writing, science, social studies and more!
Click HERE to grab TWO flip book FREEBIES!