A Foldable You'll Flip For

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
folded and flipped by Suzanne

Once upon a time, I was new to a school and they decided they'd put me in a Science class (I repeat SCIENCE CLASS) to help out on my conference period.  Needless to say, it was not a match made in heaven.  I may or may not have whispered to a girl unsuccessfully attempting to balance equations, "Don't worry, you'll never need this."  Who says that?!  It's true but against some teacher code to say it.  

The silver lining was that I stole this foldable from that class.  That's right ELA teachers, this is a stolen science foldable, and I love it!

We call this our flip book, and it is so incredibly versatile!  To start, grab the desired number of pages.  I'll demonstrate with three.  Space pages out so that they are about an inch apart.  I wanted my colored piece of paper as my cover, so I put it as the bottom sheet.

Now, fold the top halves down until they are about an inch from the bottom staggered pages.  Staple the top, and you're ready to flip.

One of many ways to use this is as a dialectical journal.  Below is a sample for Romeo and Juliet.  Each flap is labeled for a scene of the play.  
On the inside of each flap, have students create two columns- quotation and reaction.  As they read have them write down X number of significant quotations from the text.  In the right-hand column, students will jot down their reaction.  It is important to stress that a reaction is NOT a summary.  You might have to repeat this a few times...and then deduct some points...for it to sink in.  I wrote in some sentence stems that will help students write a strong reaction (versus summary) statement.

I would love to hear of other ways that you use flip books in your own classroom!

1 comment

  1. What a great idea! Especially since you lifted it from a science classroom. HA! I love how you used it with Romeo and Juliet. I have a tough time getting reactions too. Students want to tell me what it says instead of how they felt about it, thought about it, etc. Thanks!