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.






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.






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.  : /





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!



  1. We are going to be working on creating our first drafts this week and into next. Can’t wait to see what my students create! :-)

  2. tiffany pirtle says:

    after you complete the cutting and pasting of the flip books, and the color up, you then move to revision stations, do you keep these manila rough drafts? or just send them home?

    ~ tiffany

    • Kayla Shook says:

      I have them keep them. No particular reason other than I put everything together in a book at the end of the year. :)

  3. We just finished our flip books today, and I am so excited! We are going to work on revision and hopefully have them type up their drafts and post them to our kidblog! Thanks for sharing. I know my kids are gaining so much confidence. :)

  4. You reference “horizontal flipbooks” in your scope and sequence for use w/ expository. Do you have a picture example? Thanks!!! :)

  5. Kelsey Rankin says:

    Do you have directions for actually making the flipbooks?

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Hi, Ashley! I just use three pieces of notebook paper. Lay them on top of each other and stagger them about an inch apart at the bottom. Then fold them over so that the top is about an inch from the next piece. Crease and staple. If this doesn’t make sense, I’ll try to explain better. Let me know! :)

  6. Andrea Snow says:

    After we do the cutting apart of the flipbooks and color up the writing, do the kids write out another draft on notebook paper and add in more colors that they were missing? This is the first time that I’m doing this with my students so I just want to make sure that I’m doing the right thing! I have really enjoyed doing process with my students . . . especially the Color It Up because it really shows them where they can improve their writing!

    • Kayla Shook says:

      I glue those to the Manila paper and just have them add things out to the side of that. When hey are done, they publish. I wouldn’t stress trying to get them to do ANOTHER draft. :)

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