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Flips and Flaps

I saw this when Dinah Zike presented at NSTA last year (Boston). I thought what a fabulous way to get more space out of your notebook pages! Not only can you present information on the flip up page but then students can write more information underneath. This method is featured in her notebooking book (
I have been experimenting with glue verses tape. The first picture I taped the map down (taping edge to edge....if you use tape do not go past the edge or it no longer flips up as smoothly) the other two pictures I glued the top portion down (that is probably the best way to go. I was just experimenting with the tape).
Picture #1 - I downloaded a map of all the countries that use the metric system verse the standard system. Underneath students created a simple "cheat sheet" to help them remember that a millimeter is approximately the size of your pencil tip, centimeter as wide as your finger, etc.
Picture #2 - Students were compairing and contrasting rainforest plants and desert plants. Their written work is underneath the flaps.
Picture #3 - I wanted the students to really be able to tell me the difference between autotroph and heterotroph so I isolated those two words from the reading above it and had students create flaps that defined it underneath and then they had to draw a picture to help them remember.
My elementary students love the "flip flaps" (that is what they call them).


michelle said…
wow! I am so happy I found this blog. I am really looking forward to reading through all that is available here. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. Blessings for the New Year.
CatBells said…
Your notebooking blog is incredible. I teach fourth grade, too, and used notebooks last year. I learned so much by reading through your blog. Thanks for sharing!
ahilliman said…
could you please connect to me on my name is Alicia Hilliman. I am having some technical difficulties trying to connect to you and your email is not working either. I love your ideas and look forward to sharing resources!!! Thanks so much!!
Heather said…
I would love to know where you get the information that the kids have on the left side of their journals.
Eve Heaton said…
The information on the left hand side of the notebook comes from a variety of different sources (textbook, internet, review books, etc.)

Heather said…
Do you have them to buy? Our textbooks are inadequate that I need to figure out a new resource for my students.
Eve Heaton said…
Heather -

No I don't purchase the information. I basically look at the state standards and cross reference against our textbook. If the information is inadequate then I look for secondary sources on the internet or within our school's test prep documents.


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