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Teacher FoldablesHave you ever used a foldable in your classroom? I love them, but recently learned that not every teacher has been introduced to the wonderful world of foldables. 

These student-created graphic organizers are a great way to engage students and create effective study aids.

What Is a Foldable? 

To quote the Queen of foldables, Dinah Zike:  “A Foldable is a 3-D, student-made, interactive graphic organizer based upon a skill. Making a Foldable gives students a fast, kinesthetic activity that helps them organize and retain information.” 

Foldables can be used for any subject and have many different uses. They give students an opportunity to create something that they can then refer back to.  Foldables can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. I personally have experience using foldables with K -5th graders, but I know teachers who have used them in middle and high school as well. 

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Foldable Examples for Your Curriculum

I use foldables most often in math. My students do the folding themselves while following my directions.  Usually by the end of the year, they can do the folds themselves. I recently made a 4-tab book with my students to review coins and their values. On the outside we put pictures of the coins. On the insides students needed to put the name of the coin and its value.  They now keep this in their math interactive notebook and refer to it as needed. 

When I taught Science and Social Studies, I would find myself often using foldables for students to study. We would make them prior to a test and students could then take the foldable home to share with their families. 

Teacher Foldable Resources

There are tons of resources out there to help you in your foldable adventure.  I highly recommend checking out Dinah Zike as her books not only give you directions on how to make each book, but also ideas on how exactly to use them.   To help put all of these resources in one place I created a Pintrest board for foldables. 

Check it out at http://pinterest.com/learningahoy/foldables-for-the-classroom/.

How do you use foldables or other graphic organizers in your classroom? Share in the comments section!

Image source: Laura Candler's Teaching Resources website