Laura Candler at Corkboard Connections is having a Fantastic Link Up....a Fantastical Foldable Link Up! Since I use foldables so much in my class, I thought I would create a post dedicated to some of them that I have used in the past.
I LOVE foldables. They are so useful and handy. The kids love folding the paper, it keeps them engaged in the learning, and, best part of all, NO COPIES ARE NECESSARY!! Paper and a pencil are the only requirements (though scissors and a stapler *do* come in handy sometimes). They lend themselves well to any content area and the same fold can be used without the kids saying "We did this before". What could be more fabulous than that?
So here are a few foldables that I have used in my class with great success.
This is a simple one to create. The students folded a piece of paper in half. They then cut the TOP sheet into however many sections we needed. You can see from the pictures below that one is cut into fifths and one into fourths. On the outside, you write one piece of information, on the inside is usually the explanation.
On this foldable, the students were learning about the types of sentences. They wrote the definition of that sentence and then an example on the inside.
This one was for fact and opinion. The students wrote evidence WHY it was a fact or opinion on the inside.
For this foldable, the students folded the paper in half, then when opened, brought the sides in to form what looked like doors. I use this type of foldable A LOT! It is great for comparing things or showing how certain things are related in some way.
This foldable was a completely different fold, with no scissors necessary. When the students put the flap down, it had 4 triangles coming into the center of a square. We used this one to show how two different myths had the basic qualities and traits that all myths share.
So there you have it. Just a few different foldable ideas. I have many more that I use in class (just no pictures for some reason!) They really can be used in all different areas of the curriculum...even though most of my examples are from Language Arts. ;)