How to Effectively Use Flipbooks in Your Classroom

Three reasons you should use flipbooks in your grade 4 5 6 classroom

    Flipbooks are something that I really enjoy using in my secondary classroom. I have created different kinds of flipbooks across grade levels and subject areas for a variety of different tasks. Have you tried using flipbooks in your classroom? I am going to give you three reasons why you need to try this in your classroom right away. 

Why flipbooks should be used in your classroom:

#1 Great for visual learners

    As a special education teacher, it can be difficult to get my students to write, never mind summarize, information.  I find that using flipbooks in my classroom gets my students to summarize content in a way that is different from the laborious task of writing out a paragraph. The visual aspect of a flipbook is naturally pleasing to the eye. Students aren’t initially viewing it as something that will be very difficult. This will trick them into doing more work. I include different types of graphic organizers on each page. This helps to keep things fresh and different.

    With the onset of remote and distance learning, you can still use flipbooks in your classroom. Digital flipbooks allow learners to fill in what they know in a digital format. Students access Google Slides to complete the activity instead of traditional paper and markers. 

ways to use flipbooks in your grade 4 5 6 upper elementary classroom

#2: Review

    Use flipbooks to review information. Normally, after a unit, students will complete a flipbook to illustrate what they learned. Each tab shows important content. Once completed, students now have an easy way to review content for an upcoming assessment.

#3: An Alternate form of assessment

    Rubrics are included with the flipbooks. Therefore, they can be used as a form of assessment instead of assigning a formal test. Students won’t have the same anxiety they would encounter if they came across a scantron test. Often, it can be a better determination of their ability to understand the topic. 

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Have you tried using flipbooks in your classroom? I would love to know what worked.... and what didn't. Leave me a comment below. 
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