Welcome to my FoldiFun Factory!!!!!
Foldables are a registered trademark by Dinah Zike. They are interactive 3D graphic organizers created from all types of paper goods and are cut up and folded in different ways, to present different information. They have flaps that fold and can be lifted to reveal information. They encourage student ownership of study material, provide a kinesthetic component to teaching strategies, and promote long-term retention of academic lessons.
4 year ago I attended my first Foldables workshop by the amazing Bag Ladies!
As a 1st year teacher I felt so fortunate that my first PD was a hands-on one.
I LOVED IT!
When I got back to my school I got the whole school hyped up about foldables and still run the foldables workshop every summer during in-service week at my school.
My kids absolutely love making them and are now pros!
Here are some pictures of foldables we make in my class. As we get through the year I will take more pictures and add them to here. Please note that ALL the foldables in the pictures below are students made (including my portfolio)! I did not make any of them. What you see in the pictures below is all student made. I just demonstrated & modeled in class how to make them.
Foldables are easily tied into and across the curriculum. They work for every subject and can be used to review any concept you teach in class.
I love assigning them as hw assignment before a test for the kids to create and use to review. I found that the kids are so creative and definitely think outside of the box, and create amazing foldables!!!
A great way to incorporate all learning modalities & differentiated instruction! (music to my ears :) )
We begin by creating a portfolio to house all of our foldables for the year out of a brown paper bag from the groceries store (free!!!)
The directions can be found in the Bag Ladies book (I will post a video of me creating one step by step)
We then decorate & personalize our portfolios and keep them in our desks/book shelf/bins.
We create a foldable to review every benchmark or strategy we cover in class through out the year (easy authentic assessment grade). The kids can fill in the info individually, in pairs, in groups, or as a whole class.
Creating foldables is also a great opportunities to help students practice multiple step directions.
A few important tips!
In each foldable I have the kids include the words/concepts, definition, teacher/class example, student’s personal/individual example (very very important!!! The kids need to own it!), and an illustration (to help the students visualize the concept. I usually ask them to illustrate the personal example they wrote so that the illustration is based on content and not an abstract concept).
Here are some of my favorite resources to help you get started.
The Bag Ladies – I own all their books & several of their thematic units.
Here are two of the units I own
Here are two of the units I own
Dinah Zike – Has awesome books with pictures, examples, and tons of ideas.
Research that supports the use of foldables in the classroom
Back in Thanksgiving I held a Foldables Giveaway!
Jen Ross from The Teachers' Cauldron WON!!!!
My students created a Reader's Toolbox Portfolio for her :)
to hold foldables!!!!!!!!
Here are the foldables she won!!!