Writer's Workshop {Flipbooks}

One of my teaching goals this year was to improve my writer's workshop. Every year, I feel like I need to work harder at getting my students to write GOOD narratives. I started this school year with this huge goal for myself and I think things are working out pretty well so far!

A few months ago, I started teaching my kiddos about beginning, middle and end. Before that, most of my students were basically writing random sentences that didn't really flow into good stories. I was happy to see how well most of my students were grasping this new concept. However, I had several writers who still struggled with understanding that the three parts of their story needed to create a sequence and form a meaningful story. In order to help these eager writers, I decided to break it down for them. By putting each part (beginning, middle, and end) on a different page, they seemed to better understand that each part had to have good substance in order to create a story that made sense. Also, by putting these pages together and making a "book", my students were REALLY motivated to write and to create their very first book! They got it. I was happy. Life was good! HA!




So... I went home that day feeling quite motivated to create new flipbooks for my kiddos.
I created flipbooks for:
  • Beginning, Middle, End
  • Beginning, Middle, Middle, End
  • First, Next, Then, Finally
  • Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then
  • Setting & Character
  • Problem & Solution
  • Setting, Characters, Problem, Solution
  • Comparing Characters
  • Comparing Settings
  • Making Connections
  • Writing Facts {1, 2}
  • Writing Facts {1, 2, 3}
  • Writing Facts {1, 2, 3, 4}
  • Writing Facts {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

I also made a BUNCH of fun cover choices for my students to work on. They include themes that I teach during the year such as apples, snow, and ocean. I also made a bunch of covers for holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and more. 

How do I organize my writing flipbooks?
I use a binder! I love giving my students choices and I feel the best way is to display them in a center activity or a "work on writing" corner. My little writers can choose any flipbook they want from my binder, pair it with a cover, and write!


QUICK TIP: I staple the pages together so they know exactly which pages go with which book. It saves me a trip to their center while I'm working with a small group ;)


Want to try them out? Click HERE or on the picture below to grab yourself a freebie!

Want to check out the whole set? Click HERE or on the picture below to take a look!

Happy writing,


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2 comments

  1. I love that you have made little books for your kids to create and write in. I remember making "books" in grade one - I've still got them! I loved illustrating my stories. You're very creative - thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

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