Today I want to talk about how to make writing lessons fun and enjoyable for students. Even with an engaging topic, sometimes writing on a plain piece of paper is just not interesting enough for students. That’s why writing flipbooks can be an excellent way to engage your students in a writing lesson. Let me tell you all about them!
Why flip books?
Flip books are great because they are interactive. After students have finished their writing, they have pictures to color in, pages to cut out, and pieces to glue together. Flip books can add an art/craft element to your lesson.
When complete, flip books are great as bulletin board displays, but they also look good in student workbooks and are exciting for students to take home and show their families.
Here’s the thing. Flip books are like an interactive notebook, which means they are a great way to showcase student learning!
Flip books are ideal for Literacy lessons, Literacy centers, or Writer’s Workshop. However, they can also be used in Science, History, or Geography lessons (depending on the topic).
I have a selection of flip book products in my TPT store. I have one product for every month (January through to December). Each product has 5 flip books. This means that I have flip books for every season and holiday/celebration!
The flip books are sometimes for informative topics like ‘Chinese New Year’ or ‘Martin Luther King Jr’. These are great for informational writing lessons. If you are learning about a season, holiday, celebration, or special day, your students can research the topic and then showcase their learning in the flip book.
There are also opinion writing flip books for topics like ‘I Love Spring’. Students will think of 3 reasons for any opinion flip book they complete.
There are even procedure (how-to) writing topics like ‘How to Grow a Flower’. This is perfect for when you are teaching procedural writing. Your students can demonstrate their knowledge of how to make or do something. The prompts are ‘first, next, and last’.
Let your students brainstorm a topic and then create a colorful, interactive, and engaging writing flipbook to showcase their learning and experiences.
An instructional page for teachers (with an example picture) is included for each craft. All the flip books are made the same way in 4 simple steps (color, write, cut, and glue).
However, this is no prep for teachers, so you can print and go! Students will only need the two pages printed, as well as pencils, scissors, and glue.
Fun and easy for students
There is lots of engaging clip art for students to color in. This also gives your students ideas for what to write about.
The writing flipbooks are easy to assemble. Students simply layer the boxes on top of each other (from largest to smallest). Each box is numbered. They add glue where it says ‘glue here’.
Each writing flipbook comes in two type of lines, dotted and plain. This caters to lots of learners! Here are some examples of the dotted lines in action.
So, that’s how you can make your writing lessons more engaging and fun for your learners – try a writing flipbook!
After all, learning should be fun, hands on, interactive and engaging, am I right?!
You can access all of the flipbooks that are pictured in this post, by heading to my TPT store.
If you’d like to try one of my writing flipbooks, I have some good news! I have a free flip book you can download here. I also have lots of resources in my free resource library which you can access by signing up here.
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