I really like using foldables in my class. They are just easy little information organizers that really grab my students' attention. I use them in every subject, for everything we are doing. Here are a few that we have used these past few weeks.
Math -- The Process of Division
We are learning about dividing larger numbers this week. So I printed out this math problem for the students. They folded the paper in half, cut along the numbers, and inside the flaps, the students wrote the steps for that particular part of the process. This is just a review foldable, where they are keeping the pattern of the division process. It goes in their math journals as a handy little reference tool for them.
Science -- The Water Cycle
The students created this little 4 part foldable detailing the four main parts of the water cycle -- evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. On the outside, they drew a picture of that part of the cycle. On the upper inside flap, they defined the particular process. Then on the bottom inside flap, they wrote as many real life examples they could think of in which that event takes place. For example, you can see that one of my students drew a picture of my Diet Pepsi can for condensation. I had always shown then the condensation on the can when we were talking about it. That picture cracked me up!
We are learning about myths, so I had the students create this foldable with the 6 main elements we find in nearly all myths. This was a paper that was folded in half first, then the top half folded down, and the bottom half folded up, creating a top and bottom effect where the cuts were made. This allowed for information to be inserted on two different myths that the students read.
So there you have it. Just three simple foldables that we are using in class. What have you used a foldable for lately?