Foldables...How Amazing Are They?

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. 
Misused verbs
Special Cells

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.  ;)

How do you use foldables in your class?


  1. I looove foldables and so do my kids!! Thanks for sharing about the linky party!

  2. We use foldables in our math notebooks almost every week! I had a lot of success using the ones like you described for geometry vocabulary and concepts. Such a fun way to make math (a non-creative subject) colorful!

  3. They really are great, aren't they? So many applications and uses. I find myself thinking of lessons that specifically designed to use the foldables nowadays!

  4. LOVE the foldables in my classroom. I'm mostly using them in math this year, but I've done a few in reading and just did a blog post for our social studies foldable. I want to use them a lot more in the content areas next year. Thanks for the link to Laura's linky!

    Runde's Room

  5. I LOVE foldables! I have 6 books on foldables. Thanks for sharing!


  6. awesome! I use foldables ALL the time too! I'll have to go check that out - thanks girl!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  7. I have a question, and it might sound dumb but oh well!! When the kids are done making the foldable, what do you do with it? Do you grade it or have them hang onto it or send it home? We have done a few foldables this year but I never know what to do with them afterwards...!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

    1. Most of the time, the foldables end up in their notebooks (science, math, or language arts) It becomes a handy reference for them later. Every once in a while, they turn out bulletin board worthy!

    2. I ♥LOVE♥ me a good foldable and do the same thing - 99% of the time I have my kids staple/paste it into their notebooks so they have it for reference. Once of my kids last year kept telling me how they had a Science scrapbook instead of a notebook :)

  8. Great ideas, Stephanie! I am lucky enough to work with Dinah Zike, who created Foldables. She is always so interested to see how people are adapting them. I have a board on Pinterest called Dinah Zike's Foldables with some additional examples and invite you to pin your examples there, too!

    1. That would be great Rhonda! What is the link for your foldable board? I am sure many of the readers here would LOVE to look at it!

  9. Here it is:

    I'm a little slow on adding buttons, but they'll be coming soon to our websites ( and

    Happy folding!

  10. I've had my students make lapbooks and put the foldables into them as a one stop resource.

  11. I have been trying to use foldables in my middle school sociology class. For some reason I either have a great idea for using them or I am completely at a loss. Seeing some science ideas (since sociology is a social science) are helping. I do love using them though!


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