Grade 2

I Flip For Flip

Creative Communicator
girl flipping


Flip is a fantastic FREE Tool where students can create a video presence to support collaboration and their learning. Students will use Flip to share information on any given topic of their choice. It is a platform where they can communicate ideas and eventually collaborate with others.

Students will:

  • Be able to use Flip as a tool to communicate an idea or to collaborate with others.

Vocabulary Words:

These are terms used on Flip that you may want to share with students:

  1. Grids: A Grid is your classroom or community of learners. Grids house your Topics.
  2. Topics: Topics are your discussion starters or prompts. Students respond to Topics.
  3. Responses: Responses are the students’ videos they record or upload and add to the Topic. This is how they share their voice!
  4. Empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand and share how another person is feeling.

Note: If you are choosing to use Flip for content, you may have specific vocabulary words.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch The Ultimate Teacher Guide for Flip.

  • Next watch how the students interact with Flipgrid

  • Create a free Flip teacher account.

  • Set up your Flip class. You will decide here how you want students to access the Flip (permissions, login, public, etc).  

  • Add your students to Flip. Also, make yourself a student as well so you can demonstrate to kids. The website will walk you through it. Flip will allow you to print out login cards for each student.

  • Create a topic you want the students to respond to.

  • Examples could be as simple as creating a New Year’s Resolution to explaining a Math problem. A student can also pose questions that can be answered by others. There is no limit to this tool.

  • Decide how you want students to get to the site. (Folder, LMS, Google Classroom, etc) Have the link ready for students.  

  • Practice creating your own video on Flip.

  • If this is your first time using Flip, It is a good idea to start simple and perhaps use it as an exit ticket.  Pose a question for the students to answer. A sample question could be, “What did you learn about…?” or “What did you think about…?”

  • Some great ideas on how to use Flip can be found under Ditch that Textbook's  blog

  • Test on a student machine to ensure everything works correctly.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. After you have finished teaching a unit. Say to the students, “ Today, you are going to share what you learned about…” “We will do this by using a new tool called Flip.”

  2. Demonstrate Flip.

  3. Go over the rules of effective communication

  4. Have the students create their own Flip or have them pair up with a partner depending on the activity they are doing. 

Different options for assessing the students:

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.


Ideas for Flipgrids are:

  • Favorite book pick of the month
  • Respond to any text
  • Share a piece of work you wrote

Share a piece of art and reflect.

Explain how to solve a math problem.

Explain one of the states of matter.

Pick a holiday around the world and share out how that country celebrates.

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Schools, January 2019. Updated October 2023.