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I love foldables. I just love the way 8th graders are engaged when they are folding, cutting gluing and decorating foldables with information. And I LOVE the way I see them using the foldables as a resource to help them learn challenging content.
Even though I have used foldables for years, I found students would use them during a current topic of study, but then lose them as the year progressed. A colleague showed me a composition book idea she picked up at a conference and voila, the foldable book was born. We start the book at the beginning of the year with a table of contents in the front, and simply glue in every foldable that we make. It is a great way to organize all of the foldables we make throughout the school year.
Here’s a picture of the table of contents from last year’s book:
The GC next to some items indicates it’s a graphing calculator item. These are “glueables” rather than “foldables” as they are mostly often flat sheets of paper with the graphing calculator steps for a TI-84 (for example, how to create a box and whisker plot).
My all-time favorite foldable is a neat weavable foldable that opens two different ways. I blogged about it in an earlier post and you can read about it here. The kids are always so fascinated by this foldable and it is a great foldable for organizing a LOT of information.
Here are a couple of foldables we have made so far this year. The first one is for Order of Operations. This year I had them attach a brad to the middle of the foldable so they could
spin the foldable as they used it to simplify each step in an expression. The second one is simple but a good way to summarize examples of what constitutes a function (I like the multiple represenations). The last one is a waterfall type of foldable for solving multi-step equations. I love watching kids flip through the foldable as they learn the steps 🙂
Lots of teachers use foldables, so I guess this is not necessarily something that’s really all that unique, but the organization of all of our foldables into one place has just been awesome. In our district students take Algebra 1 in 8th, Geometry in 9th and Algebra 2 in 10th grade. Some of my previous students have stopped by to tell me they’ve pulled out their old foldable book to help them in Algebra 2 for the things they have forgotten during their year of Geometry. Students referring back to a resource from previous years? Now that’s unique 🙂