How to Effectively Use Flipbooks in Your Classroom


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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. 



#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.




#2: Review: I use flipbooks to review information. Normally, after a unit, my 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: I create rubrics for my flipbooks. Therefore, I can use them as a form of an assessment instead of having to give 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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BONUS!!!: Taps both sides of the brain: There is so much research out there that suggests adding an artistic component to our lessons will help students better retain information. The creative side of flipbooks taps the left and right side of the brain allowing students to make more connections to the lesson which will then help them to comprehend the information more authentically. 

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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