What is a flip chart?

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Flip charts are a useful teaching aid. You can purchase prepared or blank flip charts, or you can make them.


Flip charts are useful in teaching situations where you need to teach a number of people at a time. They are used

  • when books are unavailable, scarce, or too expensive for individuals to have their own copy
  • when other media such as overheads and slides are not available, and
  • where group learning is most culturally appropriate.

How to make a flip chart


A flip chart is a collection of large pages which are bound together at the top. The pages are “flipped” or brought up and to the back as they are used.


A flip chart is bound together at the top in such a way that the pages can be easily turned and lie flat.


Some flip charts have a reduced version of the page that faces the group printed on the back of the preceding page. This makes it possible for the leader to see the same thing the group is seeing.


Others have teaching notes printed on the back.


Flip charts can be placed on an easel or held. The leader stands beside or holds the flip chart, referring to the text printed on the back if necessary. As each page is finished, the leader flips it over to the back.


Flip charts are easiest to use when the pages facing the group have large print and illustrations.


The back of the pages can have

  • the same text and illustrations in a smaller size


    This allows the leader to see exactly what the group is seeing without being in front of the chart.

  • teaching notes or other information for the leader

The leader's version must be printed on the back of the previous page, so that when the previous page is flipped, the group sees the new page and the leader sees the appropriate notes on the back of the old page.


Here are some examples of flip charts:

  Here are some kinds of flip charts:

Here are some kinds of flip charts used in a literacy program:

  • Community development information
  • Discussion outlines
  • Parts of a lesson
  • Primers
  • Songs
  • Stages of a process
  • Steps of a procedure
  • Stories
  • Textbooks

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