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Flip & Create is an all-in-one STEM early finisher resource that promotes hands-on learning, engineering, creative thinking, reflection, and play. This bundle includes 140 flip books (and growing). This resource is ideal for primary students (grades 1-2, some K students may be able to use them).
Just add engineering manipulatives to this resource and you’re all set!
Quick Breakdown of What's Included:
- 140 STEM flip books with vivid, real-life photographs (and growing)
- printable labels
- editable labels
When to Use:
- early finisher activity
- STEM station/STEM challenge
- morning work alternative
- free choice
- indoor recess
- positive reinforcement activity
- fine motor practice
What Topics Are Included?
There are 10 topics included in this so far. I will be adding new topics all the time. So far, there are ten books for each topic (100 books so far and growing):
- Famous Landmarks
- Things That Go!
- Outside the Box
- Farm Animals
- Ocean Animals
How to Use:
The layout of each book is the same. This is so students can spend more time and less time deciphering instructions. Also, this allows you to have more time for real teaching.
The Flip & Create Books are broken down into the following steps:
Step A: Accept the Task
Step B: Sketch It Out
Step C: Needed Materials
Step D: Gather Materials & Build
Step E: Explain Your Creation
Step F: Reflect On How to Make It Better
Step A (Accept the Task): On this page of the flip book, a real-life photograph of what students will be creating is provided for them. Students aren’t required or encouraged to replicate the exact image. This is just a starting point. We want students to be innovative engineers! At the bottom of this page, students will learn a cool fact about what is shown in the photograph OR they will be asked to think about how they’ll build their creation.
Step B (Sketch It Out): On this page of the flip book, students will draw a detailed sketch of how they want their creation to look. They can label each part with the materials they’ll need OR they can just keep it about the picture. This is their free space to brainstorm how they want their creation to look, what materials they will need, whether their creation will be 3D or not, how many pieces it will include, etc.
Step C (Needed Materials): On this page of the flip book, students will write a list of materials they will need in order to build their creation.
Step D (Gather Materials & Build): Now they will gather their materials, refer back to their detailed sketch (and the photograph, if they wish), and begin building. Students will want to think about their plan for building, the size of their structure, and the materials they will need.
Step E (Write About It): On this page of the flip book, students will explain how they designed and built their creation.
Step F (Reflect On It): And finally, students will reflect on their creation. They’ll write what they would do differently next time (materials, design, strength, size, etc.).
About the Materials: You’ll want to have a designated spot in your classroom where students can gather the engineering manipulatives for their creation. You can use a storage tower, bins, tubs, or even Ziplocs. What is most important is that students can easily access the materials. A lot of the materials listed are ones you probably already have on hands (example: index cards, tape, aluminum foil). I provide labels for you in this resource (also you’ll find an editable label version in this resource, as well, in case you want to add your own labels).
How to Prep:
You’ll want to laminate, cut, and hole punch the flip books. Place them on a ring and provide dry erase markers and erasers so students can use them over and over again. You can hang them on a hook or you can place them in a basket/bin. It’s totally up to you! My suggestion is to use what you already have in your classroom. This is the least expensive and most convenient option!
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