Expository Flipbooks

Several of you have asked about the flipbooks we use for expository writing, so I pulled some out from my presentation box to share with you.

We are finishing up our first “real” expository pieces tomorrow, so I’ll have some to share with you soon!  These flipbooks I’m showing you tonight are from previous classes and have been through numerous trainings…so excuse their condition.  😉

These below are some that we used with a prompt about someone we admire.  We wrote our kernel essay sentences along the bottom, and then underneath the flaps we wrote more information to flesh out the paragraph.  The sticky notes were answers to questions that our peers had, and we incorporated that into each paragraph, too.

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That bottom one, of course, is mine that I wrote along with my kiddos.  It’s always good for them to have an example.

These next flipbooks are more recent.  I used this style with my students THIS year for this same text structure.  You will still notice the kernel essay sentences along the bottom, but then we thought through the piece and put down icons on the flaps that we could then turn into sentences on the inside of the flaps.  Just a little FYI…I’ve decided it works better without cutting the flaps…just leave one long one…it’s more durable and doesn’t fall apart when they rip them out of their folders… *sigh*

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Again, notice that the icons on the front of the flaps turned into sentences underneath.  This helps them to write longer.  :)

I’ve created some expository revision stations, but they aren’t quite finished yet.  Right now they are all on one piece of paper without clipart…and just plain BORING!  I’ll hopefully have those up in my store by tomorrow night.

I’ll update this post soon with examples from this year…along with the FINAL piece!  Eek!  :)

Hope this helps!

Happy Sunday, y’all!!

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Flipbooks!

So many of you have been asking about my kids’ flipbooks, so I thought it would be best to go ahead and post some pictures of them.  Since I have finally gotten back my permission slips, it’s time to start blogging again!

Y’all…my kids are rocking it!  They didn’t even realize how much they had written until we took their flipbooks apart and glued them down to manila paper today.  They were stunned!

Ok…so here are a few examples of the finished products.

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We put our kernel essay sentences on the bottom of each flap and left the top flap for the title…which hasn’t been filled in yet…because good writers think about the title as they are writing and take something from the story to create a GREAT one!

I also took some pictures of the inside of one student’s flipbook.  You will notice her kernel essay sentence along the bottom, but we only use that to remind us of what to write about…not to actually include in our narratives.

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I kinda chopped off the kernel essay sentence from paragraph 5, but it says, “I was relieved.”

Last, I wanted to show you how my students took their flipbooks apart and glued them down to manila paper.  We are going to do our revision stations tomorrow, so before doing that, we needed to color up our own writing.  We are a day behind right now due to science lab and the counselor coming in today.  : /

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And there you have it!  Our first drafts of the year!  I’m so excited about all of the hard work these kiddos have done so far!  It’s going to be great!!  :)

Have your students finished their first drafts?  Are you loving what you are seeing?  Please let me know!!

If you still have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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