FoldiFun Factory

Welcome to my Foldables FoldiFun Factory!

I absolutely love foldables!

and if YOU love my foldables please leave me some LOVE in the form of comments :)

Here is my take on them :) I hope you like them and find them useful in your classroom.
Please leave a comment sharing your feedback with me.

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.


Check out the brand new portfolio on of my 8th graders {LOVE her} made for me!!!!


She's so creative! I asked her to make me a portfolio for the FoldiFun Facotry
and here is her beautiful & brilliant creation!

















 














Foldable Portfolio


    

    


   

  


  



  

Here are some of our new foldables :)

A Journal Foldable


Character Traits


 




Here are some of my NEW foldables
that will be presented at the 
 join us & get the following
foldables & printables to go with them.








 

    
These Seuss Foldables were made with Laura Candler's template.
Visit the Corkboard Connection Blog for the original post.
    


    




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Check out to see how Jen Runde used this foldable in Social Studies

 
 



Here's my latest - an Inferencing Foldable to help scaffold the strategy for students.
click on the picture for the detailed post.

If you like my Foldables leave my some LOVE in the comments :)




58 comments:

  1. Love, love, love all of the photos you included! Wow! I've been using foldables with my high-school students for about a year and love them. My students love them too and I can't believe how much it helps them retain information.
    Thanks!

    Addie
    http://teachertalk-addie.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Addie!!! I'm glad you find my foldables useful :) and hat your kiddos love them!

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  2. You KNOW how much I love foldables ... and I'm LOVING all your different ideas ... and the COLOUR!!! Totally have to rethink this colour thing for next year - your foldables are so much cuter than mine! ;)
    I'm thinking I may have to double my order of student notebooks next year, because I'm pretty sure we'll be "folding" in all my subjects.

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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    1. hehe thanks Jen! You've def. inspired me to fold in Math!!

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  3. ok so these are the best foldable ideas!!! is there any way to pin this link? girlforgod27@aol.com i am kind of new at pinterest but i know my friends would love this too!

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  4. This is so brilliant and fun!! AH! I'm hanging for an opportunity to try it out on prac.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. You're a sweetie xx
    Daydreams of a Student Teacher

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    1. Thanks Emmy! Would love to see how you implement them :)

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  5. I'll be pinning this post onto Pinterest! I love using foldables in my classroom, and am always trying to find something new instead of using the same ones over and over! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. Thanks! Come back and visit soon :) I update them regularly with new ones.

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  6. SO SO COOL! Found you thru pinterest. How do you introduce a foldable? Do you have examples for a particular product or do you leave it up to the students? I teach math intervention 3rd-5th and I think my kids would love this!
    Sam
    www.themathproject.moonfruit.com

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    1. Thanks!!! I introduce it by making a sample ahead of time and scaffolding the process of making it step by step. Once the foldable is ready I let students work together to complete it and share. It serves as a great authentic assessment tool.

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  7. Your foldables are great. I have heard Dina Zike and she is great, but it has been a while and these examples are a big help. Thanks so much.

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  8. Wow, LOVE your foldables! I have never done anything like this, but over the last week (Spring Break in Albuquerque, NM), I keep coming across the use of foldables in the classroom! I am now inspired to begin a math notebook and after seeing yours, language and reading! LOVE YOUR IDEAS! I have never seen a workshop on this, but will be watching! Thank you again for your ideas!

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  9. Wonderful ideas - thanks for the inspiration! I am teaching grade 1, German as a foreign language and I just see so many uses for foldables! We did some already and my students love them.

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    1. Thanks!!! They can absolutely be adapted!

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  10. Wow...I love foldables and use them all the time. But, you have many I have never seen before. I look forward to using the new ones in my class!

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  11. Just awesome!!! LOVE THEM! I already passed this blog along to my friends. :)

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  12. Love the secret door and tutorial. We recently discovered the joys of foldables. The kids will write PAGES of content if the paper is folded. Go figure. I am now your biggest fan. Will probably spend all weekend reading all your posts and modifying my lesson plans. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Awesome collection of foldables! You've inspired me! Thanks so much.

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  14. Wow, what an amazing collection. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  15. Wow! This is an amazing post with fabulous ideas. I am getting on the foldable bandwagon this summer!

    Heather
    Http://teachittoday.blogspot.com

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  16. I use foldables in my 4th grade ELA classroom and our Math/Science teachers use them, too! I thought I had gotten creative with the origami foldable but you got me beat! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! Bookmarked & pinned!

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  17. I use foldables in my 4th grade ELA classroom and our Math/Science teachers use them, too! I thought I had gotten creative with the origami foldable but you got me beat! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! Bookmarked & pinned!

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  18. Great job!!!! I love coming back to this site!!! I plan on using notebooks this year Reading/Writing. You have some great ideas that I plan on borrowing!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  19. Great ideas!! I will be coming back to use some of your ideas :) Thanks for sharing them.

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  20. I love all the different ways to use foldables! Mine have been boring in comparison. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  21. WOW!!! This will be my 2nd year teaching and I can't wait to try your ideas, thanks for sharing.

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  22. I love foldables, but my question is what do you do with them when you are finished? Do they have a foldable folder or notebook? I bought the book and I have made several examples but I don't know what the students should do with them. I watch my kids put them in the recycling basket when we finish that units vocab or content.

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    1. You can put them in a portfolio or glue them into the notebooks along with the lessons :)

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  23. I love, love, love foldables. I use them for Social studies and Science. This year, I will be using them for Math. Thank you for sharing!!

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  24. Have only really just discovered how many ways there are to create foldables. Can't wait to use some of these ideas with my class in the new school year.

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  25. Do you sell the templates for the foldables or did I miss the links?

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      I don't sell the templates as many of them come directly from Dinah Zikes' books & the Bag Ladies.
      I have however, recorded a video tutorial on how to fold most of these. You can check it out under the tutorial tab at the top of the site. Hope this helps :)

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  26. Love these foldables!!! My teammate has Dina Zike's books and we are planning on using the this year. So excited to try them out this year - you've shown how they really do work!!

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  27. I love them, too! I have a post coming up this week on them...it has changed my teaching, and the kids' learning! I use an interactive student notebook with all the stuff in them (Dinah has a book just for that). It really get the kids to buy into it all!

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  28. Love these! I really want to try them with my class but think they are a little young. will maybe try out some of the simpler ones.

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  29. Love your ideas---would love to get the specifics for the summarizing foldable you have. This looks like a wonderful tool that would help our students with retell as well as summarizing. Is that particular one for sale?
    Thanks,
    Sherrie Rebel srebel@usd260.com

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  30. Love the idea for mean, median, mode and range! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Just love!
    I'll try to do this with my kiddos here in Brasil...
    Thanks!

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  32. Hi

    I am an EFL teacher in Taiwan. I just read through your blog and find lots of fantastic teaching resource and ideas here. These photos are awesome as well as your ideas!!!Thanks for sharing the incredible foldables. I wonder is it welcome that I post a photo with a direct link to your blog article on my facebook page to share your wonderful idea with other EFL teachers?
    And thanks again for sharing!!

    Regards
    Kate

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  33. Mor -- Thanks SO MUCH for sharing all the awesome photos! I love that I can use your ideas to scale them way down for 1st grade :) I know my kids are going to LOVE them!

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  34. I absolutely loved your idea on teaching greater, less than, and equal in use of a flip book. I teach first grade and this is a tough lesson for some students to fully understand. Your flip book ideas are so darling and so creative, and great alternative assessments or can even use them as a small group activity. I can't wait to try them out! If you can visit my blog (trying to get the hang of it as I am new to it) and check out my math freebie activity at teachingsmyart.blogspot.com

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  35. New subbie here! I've been doing Foldables for quite some time, BUT NOTHING compared to the ones shown in your posts! EXTREMELY CREATIVE!! Thank you for sharng!!!

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  36. I am new to blogs and interactive notebooks. I have been looking through your website, but I cannot find instructions on how to make the foldables you have shown. I am sure I am missing something. Would you mind directing me to the appropriate area? I love the foldables idea for student engagement.

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  37. WOnderful work!! I would love to see some examples of your students' summary work.

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  38. Dinah's books look great. Which book would be best for teaching 7th grade reading? I love your plot elements foldable. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  39. Shelly October 1st, 2013
    I love your foldables. First year teaching grade 4 and would love to use them for summarizing. Do you have directions or links to directions or would they be on TPT? Thanks so much!!

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  40. Hi, I'm a 1st year teacher and love foldables and all of your ideas, but don't know the best way for storing such things. I have realized how crucial organization is, and concise notebooks (I love your interactive notebook)...where do you have students keep their foldables?

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  41. This is so clever! Thank you for sharing.

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  42. I really love foldables! I think the ones on this page are so creative and a great way to get students to reflect upon what they have learned and produce material that proves they have learned. I have used foldables in Language Arts occasionally, but after viewing this page I am more motivated to make foldables a regular activity in my classroom. I think there are also some great ones you can do with Social Studies. For instance, I have done a compare and Contrast pyramid when studying Egypt, or a Starts and Stripes foldable with the study of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Thank you for providing new ideas for use in my classroom.

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