Friday, August 8, 2014

Back to School Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Some of my favorite fifth grade blogger friends have gotten together to share some of our advice and tips for starting the new year, and to give one lucky reader a bundle of goodies to get the year off to a great start!
Here's my tip:
I always wondered if parents even read all of the information we send home in our first day letters. My gut feeling is that parents are just like us, and when they are faced with a page filled with words (and it's not a good book), they'd rather not take the time to read it.

Enter the Back to School/Parent Night/Meet the Teacher Flipbook - bright and colorful, half-page sized, and much more visually appealing to parents than a full page typed letter!

The real tip today is how to assemble these so that they look neat and are lined up perfectly (without losing your mind in the process!) It's actually pretty simple:

1 - Cut the excess paper off of the bottom of each page (only cut horizontally for now, not vertically).
2 - Line up the pages at the top and staple once in each corner. (No staples in the middle yet.)
3 - Use a paper cutter to cut from the top of the flipbook to the bottom (trust me, it's easier that way).
4 - Add a staple on the opposite corner of each flipbook, and you're good to go!
If you are looking for a template to make your own, this one is in my TPT store, and I am making it free for the duration of this blog hop! Click the image below to see it!

Hop over to Ms. Fifth Grade to see more great back to school tips!

Our group of bloggers has a great pack of goodies to send to one lucky winner to help your year get off with a bang! Enter below:


  1. I love this idea for a back-to-school flip book! Can't wait to edit, thanks:)

    4th Works

  2. This is completely AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Simply 2nd Resources

  3. Thanks for sharing this! It's a really great idea!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. I can't get to this download fast enough! I think this is a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs O Knows

  5. Kristen,
    What an awesome idea! I love it and am going to use it this fall! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Thank you for this awesome idea! I already downloaded, but I am having trouble saving my copy after editing it. Adobe says it will only save a blank copy. Please help! :)


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