Tip: Foldables

How do I do it?
Foldables are a great learning tool for organizing information, studying, and as a learning resource in all subject areas.  Fold and cut paper to create a booklet that students can use to review, practice, and study content and language. Here are 3 different foldables (see image):
Flipbook- To make 2 flipbooks take 5-7 sheets of paper and fan them horizontally so that the shorter ends of the paper are about 1/2 inch apart.  Paperclip the long sides and cut all of the sheets horizontally down the middle.  Staple the flush edge. 
Cause/Effect Book- Take a piece of construction paper and glue a piece of blank or binder paper on top. Fold almost in half horizontally so a portion of the interior shows at the bottom.  Cut the top folded paper in half vertically.  Label the left cover “Causes” and the right cover “Effects.” 
4-Flap Booklet: For concepts with 4 parts, fold a single sheet of paper end-to-end evenly.  Cut the top and bottom cover flaps down the middle.  Typically, students write or draw an example under the flap for each term or concept. 

Variations & Extensions
There are a great deal of foldable ideas online.  Use the search term “foldables.”  Students can be assigned to make foldable flipbooks for key vocabulary or content, can study theirs and then switch with their peer’s to study different content and language.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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