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Toronto Teacher Mom: Fun with Flippity: Manipulatives

During distance learning last spring, I explored a variety of ways to create interactive and engaging activities for my FSL students, and even designed a virtual French classroom in Google Slides. It was also the perfect opportunity to explore ways that I could leverage Flippity.net tools and so I created a fun Easter Egg Hunt. Then I tried out the Flippity Manipulatives template and I was hooked. It is a great tool for creating virtual “magnetic poetry” tiles of sorts so I created several versions of “Make your own silly sentences” and “Put the words in order” that coincided with activities and vocabulary for the AIM Language units we had been working on. Here is an example:

After you make a copy of the Flippity template, you can easily customize it. I love that you can add as many words as you like, although if you add more than 30 it gets too crowded, and that you can colour each tile, which is handy to identify parts of speech. If you don’t specify a colour, it defaults to white.

Under the Backgrounds tab, you can add links to different background images such as the blackboard image I used. The manipulatives template on Flippity.net has a variety of backgrounds, such as columns,  rows, grids and a venn diagram, which are great for sorting words, and other textures. If you want a specific background set as the default, you need to list it at the top on the spreadsheet. Students can also select whichever background they want by clicking on the settings gear icon at the bottom right.

Under the Options tab, you can have the word times appear randomly every time students access the link or appear in the order in which you listed it on the Terms tab. Then, after you publish the Google Sheet to the web, you would go to the “Get the link here” tab and copy the Flippity url generated for you to share with students directly, or you could embed it into your Google Site, like I did here:

And the bonus is, as long as you keep it published to the web, anytime you makes changes to the spreadsheet, they will automatically appear for students whenever they click on the link or refresh the webpage.

Since I changed the share settings to this particular spreadsheet to “Anyone with the link can view”, you can easily make a copy by clicking on the Share link at the bottom and selecting the Google Sheets icon and then got to File – Make a copy.

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