Publishing with flap books

Manila file folders are the darling of both teachers and homeschool moms, who love to turn these ordinary, commonplace office staples into all sorts of fun projects.

Let’s look at two ways you can use manila folders to help your children publish their writing!

1. Reveal Parts of a Story

Try showcasing your children’s writing projects in a lapbook-style flap book. Flap books work especially well when a child wants to reveal one part of the story at a time or hide a surprise ending. They’re simple and fun, and even the least crafty among your kids will enjoy producing a final draft like one of these!

Numbered Flaps

A younger child’s short story can be displayed in a flap book that contains one numbered flap or mini book for every sentence in the story.

Depending on the child’s level of interest, you could cut the flaps from brightly colored scrapbooking or construction paper, and then affix the sentence strips to the colored paper.

Lift-the-Flaps: Beginning, Middle, and End

This flap book is perfect for revealing the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

Cut the front cover of a file folder horizontally to form two or three flaps.

Then cut the story into strips and glue the strips into the file folder under the corresponding flaps. If the story is longer than one page, simply staple additional (uncut) pages onto the back cover of the file folder.

Your child may also enjoy gluing special clip art, magazine pictures, or a small map on the inside of each flap.

2. Showcase a Report or Narrative

Open up a manila folder and fold the edges into the center to make a different type of flap book. Your student can publish a nonfiction report by stapling it in the center and adding photos, illustrations, charts, maps, tables, or graphs to the two outside flaps.

Your child could also use this idea to publish a narrative, using photos or drawings that illustrate parts of the story.

Your Turn

How do you use manila file folders to display your children’s writing assignments?

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Each of these flap book activities comes straight from the pages of WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior, two elementary writing programs that incorporate clever publishing ideas into every lesson.

 

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