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Jul 15, 2013

Institute I: Flag-book Variations

Access site: http://www.philobiblon.com/flagbook/

Flag-books are great for collections, themes, elementary vocabulary (digraphs, glued sound words and added suffixes) history (such as presidents and state capitals). What are some of your ideas about how the flag-book could be used in your classroom, library or art room?

17 Responses to Institute I: Flag-book Variations

  1. Talia says:

    I think these flag-books are amazing! I think since I work with speakers of other languages, flag-books could be used to teach parts of speech or parts of the sentence. Each page could add an element to the sentence. It could also be used to structure an essay or to remember the sequence and the need for 3 sources of evidence/support for an argument. Each page could be one paragraph of the essay. It could also be used to teach parts of a story. For fun, it could be used as a study guide with questions on the front and answers on the back.

  2. lisa says:

    This is a great resource that I would use, especially to showcase the following…
    specific vocabulary to a topic
    a list of literary devices
    fast fabulous facts related to a social studies unit
    a showcase of a students’ learning styles or multiple intelligences

  3. Sonia says:

    As a kindergarten teacher, I would use the flag-book as an alphabet book for my students. Each “leaf” would have a different letter of the alphabet. It would be a fun way for the kids to learn their ABCs and come up with words that start with a particular letter of the alphabet.

    • Lila says:

      You gave me an idea for the children to have their own dictionary of words that they use when writing stories. They are always coming and asking how to spell something. This way you would only have to spell it once and they will have it in their book. Each “flag” could be a different letter. Letters that are not commonly used can share a page.

  4. Michelle says:

    I did not hear the explanation or description of flag-books today (perhaps because I left early).
    I looked at the access site provided, but I would like to get a little more info before I could say how I would use in the art room.

  5. Monica says:

    Our 4th grade library curriculum requires understanding the Dewey Decimal System, which can be deadly dull. I can envision having each flag represent a different hundreds section, which the students would decorate, including pictures of major subjects located in that section.

  6. enovins@verizon.net says:

    The flag books would make a terrific library leaning tool!! I am thinking that different types of book such as mysteries, biographies, or fantasies could be defined. Students could add specific titles to the pages as they read them so it could be a resource for titles to read well as a place for defining genres.

  7. Sharon Clipper says:

    I will plan to use the concept of flag books with the children (Head Start) in my class. With guidance, they can make alphabet books, number books, and books about their families. So many possibilities to be creative! For every thematic unit, the children can design flag books in English and Spanish – thus enhancing vocabulary.

  8. Michelle says:

    I loved viewing the flag books on the website.

    Some ideas that I had for using them in the classroom were to design a book like that for a class “getting to know us” book. Where each flag in the book could include a student’s name, picture, and maybe even a little about them. This could be done on a small scale for inclusion in the class library or on a very large scale to create a bulletin board display.

    I like the idea for using this style of book for vocabulary or concepts that we add onto over time. For example, adding representations of literary genres as we go through them throughout the year.

    The flag book would also be valuable in displaying related concepts (warm vs. cool colors, day vs. night, plants vs. animals, natural resources vs. human made resources) if on every flag the front picture was of one concept (could even be from collaged cutouts from magazines) and on the back of each flag was an image/word from the complementary concept. This way, the imagery would differ based on how you opened the book.

    I look forward to creating the other books.

  9. Beverly says:

    Unit : Color
    The Flag-book can be a fun and different way for my students to record the color wheel. On each color, they would write on the back objects that are that particular color. They would use three flags for the primary colors – red, yellow and blue; secondary colors – orange green violet; and the remaining three flags would be made of two of the intermediate colors. On the front of the flag book, students will have a choice or drawing and coloring the color wheel or create a scene using all of the colors. It would be great if the science teacher had a prism and a reflector so that the students can actually see the colors form.
    On the back for extra credit, students can show warm, cool, analogus colors.

  10. Grace says:

    In the past, a classroom teacher and I worked together on a flag book project for her 4th graders. The students used their flags to write a series of words their teacher had given them. On the reverse side they wrote a synonym. This could work for many different vocabulary activities, antonyms, rhyming words, definitions, etc.. In art class I could see using this structure to create books about color – warm vs cool colors, complimentary colors, or tints and shades. It would be fun to do something with paint chip samples as the flags. Kindergarten or first graders (although the folding would be a problem) could create alphabet flags with a letter on one side and a word or drawing that starts with that letter on the other. Another idea that seems to lend itself to the structure would be a timeline for social studies. Dates on one side and drawings of the events on the other.

  11. Lisa says:

    I love the idea of flag books for helping students to memorize math facts. They can make a book for all the multiples they have trouble with to help with memorization. Also it would be a great way for language teachers instead of flash cards to help children memorize vocabulary. These flag books are so inviting and are really beautiful. I hope the children will enjoy making them and teach their friends. I am trying to figure a way to make it into a coupon book for me! 😉

  12. Lila says:

    Today’s class was so perfect. In our class at school, we make parts of an insect books every year and lately the children have not been jazzed about them. I think that making the cover using the collage technique will be just the trick to add more creativity and review the parts of a bug at the in a creative fun way. This could also lead to other parts of books that we do as well like, parts of a fish and other vertebrates. I am not sure about the flag book yet but I am thinking maybe living and nonliving, plants and animals.
    I am also very excited about the connection between art and writing. I have been studying Lucy Calkins approach on creating a community of writers that begin using art as a way of communication. She recommends conferring with children individually to help them develop into authors. I think the same is true in developing a community of artists. I think building the children’s skills in both areas will produce a better product that will be much more satisfying.

  13. Lila says:

    Please excuse typo in first paragraph.

  14. Zenola Jacobs says:

    Flag book variations can be used by students to express themselves visually when their writing skills are limited. It gives the visual learner confidence in self-expression. It is also a good way for students to be creative or to demonstrate their creativity.

  15. Libya says:

    The flag-book format could also be used as a timeline. Perhaps the timeline could be segmented into 3 sections/categories. I see it as the product or even the planning and reflection for some kind of narrative i.e. before (A), during (B), after (C). Or perhaps to support writing: beginning, middle, & end. It could represent a personal history/self-portrait of “when I was little,” “now,” “in the future or when I grow up.” Other ideas segmented into threes: documenting a students understanding of their creative process (planning, product, and reflection), considering arrangement of an image (background, middleground, foreground). As the accordion spine of a flag-book provides ample space inside the book, students could not only write and illustrate but collage 3 dimensional objects (obviously, the weight of the flag pages would need to be fairly heavy to support collages of varying weights).

  16. Shiree Slade says:

    The flag book is an amazing teaching tool. It is so versatile and can be used for note-taking, journaling, or as a final project on a specific topic.

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