Monday Made It: Flip Book for Big Kids

I'm linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Folics for Monday Made It...kind of on accident. I didn't plan to participate, but after I created this and had a couple of questions about it, I figured it wouldn't hurt. :)

Ok, so here's the honest truth, I love everything about the lower grades. I love the bright colors; I love the fun clipart; I love their willingness to learn, but hey, someone has to teach the "big kids". I absolutely love teaching high school. I do. No, really. I'm not just making this stuff up. I love their personalities, their sense of humor, their future aspirations. I enjoy this so much.

So, I had to find a way to have the best of both worlds. I have to be careful about clipart, but my students LOVE LOVE LOVE color, coloring, cutting, gluing, taping, etc. They're just 3rd graders in a bigger, less mature, body. :)

Enter my newest idea. I love me some foldables. What I wasn't loving lately was my syllabus. Don't get me wrong, it's fab, but the perfectionist in me squirmed a little with all the random shapes. I really loved it when I created it, I love the idea of it. I MAY even use it again when I "clean" it up. For right now though, this is my new syallbus!

Woo hoo! Isn't she gorgeous! Ok, so I know that what you really want is to read my syllabus. Don't laugh. I'm not your typical high school teacher. This is more of an idea of what's going to be going on in my class than specifics.

Tab 1: A welcome of sorts. This tab just pretty much sets them up for my personality. I'm pretty intense. They need to be prepared for this. This tab just says that I'm pumped that they're in my class and that we're going to have a lot of fun! Don't overestimate this...big kids like to have fun too!

Tab 2: The "rules". I found this on pinterest somewhere and loved it. I changed it up a bit and am using it for my rules. Prompt, Polite, Prepared, Productive, and Patient. Search for it on pinterest, or find it on my Management not Discipline board.

Tab 3: Contact Information. This includes my school email, my conference period, and my Remind information with a screenshot of the steps to sign up. Pretty simple. Important, but simple. :)

Tab 4: Necessities and Notebooks (which is totally what this is getting renamed). This includes the supplies that they need for my class: a composition notebook, something to write with, a set of fine tipped markers, and a roll of tape. It also goes over the fact that we use an interactive notebook for A LOT *read: most of* the work we do in my class: notes, responses, foldables, quizzes, bell work, etc.

Tab 5: Independent Reading. I don't know about you, but my department and I decided that independent reading is a must in High School. They're not likely to read for the fun of it, but it is oh so important that they read. These specifics are something new, but the idea is something we've been using since I was hired here. They have a certain number of pages to read and "respond" to. It's worth a certain number of points. If they don't get it done in class, then it's home work.

Tab 6: Content. This tab pretty much says that I'm going to teach all kinds of mediums. What it doesn't say: specifics of what I'm going to teach. I'm realistic: every set of kids is different. While one group may be able to handle The Great Gatsby, others may not. Plus, sometimes I get a wild hair and change everything right before a new unit. I reserve the right to completely go crazy with my curriculum and change it as many times as I want to. This allows me to do that.

What I don't include in my "syllabus":

-Testing policies, homework policies, makeup policies, etc.: They're in the handbook. The kids know this and don't need it shoved down their throats again.
-Consequences for violations of rules: Also in the handbook
-Specifics about texts: Discussed in tab 6 (I like to change things up)
-Grading policy: In general it's points possible. The only thing we weight is the semester final.
-Specific dates: These are likely to change based on testing schedules, weather, unexpected emergencies etc.

If you have any questions about my syllabus, please leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. For this and other templates with examples included, you can check out my creative syllabus templates set over at my TPT store. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is such a great idea for high schoolers. I could have seen one of my HS English teachers doing something like this. I've always wanted to do one of these for the parents for Back-to-School night but how to print the foldable is what gets me. Maybe I'll do a little more research. Thanks for sharing this, it's awesome.
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  2. I have literally been trying to figure out how to breathe new life into my boring 😴 syllabus. Thank you so much for sharing this so freely! I am totally borrowing this idea! 😁

    1. No problem. I'm glad that I could help. If you have any questions please let me know. :)

  3. This is so awesome. I have been trying to figure out how to make a flipbook and print it still figuring it out! What a fun teacher!
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  4. Looks fabulous!! What also looks fabulous.... your new blog design! Perhaps it's because I'm crazy in love with the color combo (but we've been over this haha). I think your solution to your syllabus is right on point!
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

  5. This is so fun! You are right-- high schoolers do like all the "fun" of 3rd grade!

  6. I love your flipbook syllabus! This is a great idea. I know the big kids need as much engaging activities as the little ones do. It sounds like your class would be awesome!
    Are We There Yet?

  7. They're never too old for flip books. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is AWESOME! I am a 4th grade teacher - with a Sophomore, 8th, & 6th graders at home. The older 2 have had the same complaint about their middle and high school teachers - they are so boring. They would have loved to have something fun! Wish more of my kids' middle and high school teachers would do something different and not just plain and boring. Way to go girl!!

  9. Oh my gosh, I just found your blog and I love it!!!!!

  10. I've taught elementary and then middle school most of my thirty years in education. Last year, I taught HS English and loved it! I'm at it again this year. I want to do something like your flip book, but I, too, was uncertain about the printing. Do you think using a ReadWriteThink generator like this would work?

    1. I'm not really sure Katrina. I've never used that, but I'm not certain that it's not just a digital flip (as in the pages turn on a screen) book. If you want to make a flip book that you can print, there are tons of templates (most editable) on teacherspayteachers for a very reasonable price. I have one in my store that you can see here. Tracee Orman, a very reputable secondary seller just recently posted one that you can see here . Learning in Wonderland also has one available here. Any of those will probably work great for what you want! If you have any more questions or I can help you just email me.

    2. Krisanna, I went through the whole process on the RWT site. There is an option at the end to print. I tried it, and it worked swimmingly well! Yea!

      Thank you for your reply.

  11. This is great, thank you so much! I bought the template on TPT and I am hoping to try this out this week, but have a question. Do you give these to all your students to take home? Do they keep them? Just trying to figure out if it makes sense to make a class set, or one for each student and how practical they are. Thanks again!

  12. Actually, I have them each assemble one in class during the first week. This sets them up for the interactive notebook activities we will do later and saves me a bundle of time.