Back-to-School Flip Book

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I was looking at my calendar and I realized that it's almost time to head back to school!! I'm in Arizona and we start in the first week of August.

I was looking at all the handouts I wanted to give out to my parents on meet the teacher night.  It's a lot of them and they always seem to get lost in bags and packets of materials from other teachers.   I decided to change things up a bit.  This year I want to share a BTS flip book to contains all my info in ONE easy to read document.

As I was deciding on what to send home, I wanted to create a flip book that didn't require cutting or pasting at all.  I needed something I could shoot throughout he copier, fold, and staple.  After countless hours, I figured out a way to make double-sided flip books that don't need any cutting or pasting!  No fuss I call them :)
Back to School flip book for Meet the Teacher night!

What do I include in my flip books?

1. Dress Code
The students at our school wear uniforms.  I gave a general description of what students should wear as part of their uniform and I put a picture of a collard shirt in there so that parents can see an example of what I'm referring too.  This is a good place to remind parents of common dress code violations such as no logos or exposed shoulders, and a reminder to send children to school with comfortable shoes that they can run and play in.  So many times I see little girls coming to school with high heels and they can't play the whole day with their friends.
Post loaded with ideas to include in your back-to-school flip book!

2. Classroom Information and Schedule
I teach in an ELD room which requires specific blocks of time to be used towards English development.  I took this time to let parents know what this and gave them our classroom schedule.  Having the class schedule in there will help parents schedule appointments in the future.  I always ask them to please try scheduling them after reading and math time if possible and parents appreciate the recommendation.

3. Supply List
I've found that pictures of what you need is so helpful to parents.  I wrote what items are needed and inserted pictures of what the items look like.  I just googled pictures that I needed and slipped them into the PowerPoint slide. 
Back-to-School flip book for Meet the Teacher night!

4. Rules and Procedures
What better time to explain your classroom rules and procedures?  I even included a picture of my clip chart in here and a description of each level.  This way if anything comes up, they will have this reference tool to look back to.  

5. Homework 
I gave a general description of daily homework here.  So many times I have parents that tell me that their child came home saying they don't have homework.  This reference tool is going to help me so much!

You can't see all that is written on these, but I also included a little welcome message and my contact info so that parents can always get ahold of me.  

I posted the video below on Instagram and I was slammed with requests for an editable version to be posted in my shop.  



Ask and you shall receive :-) This flip book is also included in Spanish.  All the text is editable so you can customize it to make it fit your needs :-)

I received many questions about the paper I used to print these onto.  I always go with Astrobrights because they stand out beautifully :) Here are some Amazon affiliate links for your convenience:



I am beyond proud of this flip book! It took so many hours to get it right, but every minute was worth it.  This resource has made back-to-school time easy for 1,800+ teachers! Check out some of the reviews below:




EDIT: Two new flip books have been added to the bundle :-)  Click on the picture below to see the new additions!



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13 comments

  1. Maribel,
    You always have good stuff, but you out did yourself this time. You have saved so many teachers so much time. I was always trying to put a packet together and get forms to students that are registering the first day of school. Even though I will still have to send out forms, I will also be able to have the most important information stand out and they will be able to keep this hung up on their refrigerator all year long.Thank you!!!
    Jennifer
    Jennuine Teaching

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    1. Awww! Thank you Jennifer! That means a lot to me :-)

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    2. Are the pictures/clip art also editable like the fonts?

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  2. YIPPEE!!!!! I am an 8th grade math teacher and I will SO be using this!! LOVE this so much!! Already have it in my TpT cart!! Thank you for spending hours making it beautiful and perfect :) :) :)

    Kendra
    This Little Ladybug

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    1. Thank you! Hoping it saves you tons of time! :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  3. I thought I saw a video of you putting it together, but I haven't been able to find the video. Would you be able to share the link with me?

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    1. Hello! It's inside of the PDF titled "Directions Read First" :-)

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  4. I am soooooo frustrated. I love this book, this idea, but I went to put it together, what should be written on the back underside is not showing. Could you please put a SLOW video on showing how to each page should look once printed and then how to fold it. I was putting them together to give home tonight at our Meet the Teacher event and they won't be ready now because something is not right. Thank you.

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    1. There is a video inside the PDF titled "Directions Read First" and it contains a private link to a video that shows you how to put it together step by step. The video above is just a quick view of how I did everything but is not intended to be used as directions.

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  5. Hi! I love your flip book idea! Where could I find the template for this? I am currently going to school for education and would love to use this for my class project!

    Thank you :)

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    1. Hello Jamie :-)
      Here is the link to the flip book: http://bit.ly/1lMLSZE
      I also have a bundle with a few of these books bundled together. You can find that bundle here:
      http://bit.ly/1ZNGCYs

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  6. This is so exciting! I am currently in a teaching certification program and plan to begin my internship year starting in August. This fabulous idea will definitely make my first year much easier. Thank you!

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  7. Hello,

    I would like to purchase this flap book, but I would like to add different titles and information to it. I am curious if I can change the sizes of the text boxes (horizontally) rather than having the clipart.

    Thank you!

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