Sunday, September 27, 2015

Foldables in the Classroom

Hi, fellow educators! It's Shelly Rees from Appletastic: Blossoming in Fifth Grade. I am excited to share my love of Foldables, Flip Flaps, Flappables, and anything interactive! 

You've heard them called by many names, but foldables have taken over many classrooms, and for good reason. Since I started using these nifty little treasures, student interest has picked up and retention of concepts has increased. Here are several ways you can incorporate foldables into your students' learning:

 Take notes under flaps of major historical events. Draw arrows between the events and number them to show their chronological order.
 Have students create fact cards about a specific event and then keep them inside a pocket glued to a notebook page. They can refer to the fact cards for study and review.
 Side-opening flaps are great for having students solve problems on the front and writing the answers beneath.
 Timelines are more memorable and exciting when students construct them by gluing together shorter event strips. Add the long timelines to a bulletin board to make an eye-catching display!
 Foldables are great for bulletin boards, too! Staple the flap to the board and place the information beneath. Students can refer to the flaps for practice and review.
 Fold a file folder inward to create a lapbook. Add flaps and foldables to the lapbook to make it truly interactive. This is a great way to showcase student work and to create a culminating project! You can find an easy-to-follow lapbook tutorial HERE.
 Pockets are perfect for sorting information. Create a pocket for any topic and have students sort words into the pockets. This works for any subject (nouns and verbs, solids and gasses, prime and composite numbers, etc.)!
 Mini file folders are a wonderful way to take notes on a specific topic. Each tab of the folder can be used as a subtopic. Watch a video of how I use these mini file folders HERE.
 Foldables don't have to be square! 
 Create a mini booklet by having students glue end over end of small pages or simply staple the old-fashioned way.
 Make geometry more hands-on by creating foldables of 2-dimensional shapes and listing the properties beneath the flaps.
 Create doorways by gluing the outer edges of 2 rectangles to a page. Place notes, graphs, or illustrations behind the doors.
 Staggered booklets are great for studying a topic more in-depth. 
 Have students put 2 or more parts together to find a bigger concept. This can be as simple as compound words or as complex as understanding the words of the Preamble!
 Loving these mini-books!
 Cover portions of an information table with flaps. This is a great way for students to study and review.

You can see why I am flipping for flippables and foldables! My fifth grade students really do love using them, and they beat old-fashioned note-taking any day of the week!

If you are interested in any of my Social Studies Interactive Notebook Units shown in the pictures above, you can find them all right HERE at my TpT Store!

One of my favorite Social Studies units is my


Thanks and Happy Folding!
Shelly Rees





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