Foldables can be created by a wide age range of students.
A foldable is an interactive graphic organizer that allows students to display their learning in alternative ways. Foldables generally require between one and four pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Although standard white paper suffices, using colored printer paper can increase visual appeal. Foldables can be used as study guides, bulletin board displays and portfolio contents. Although there is a wide variety of foldables that can be utilized in the classroom, two stand out as being easy to create and effective for any age of student.
1. Gather three pieces of different colored printer paper for each student. For example, each student may have one yellow piece, one orange piece and one blue piece. If colored printer paper is not available use regular white printer paper.
2. Place the yellow piece of paper on the table in front of you so that it looks tall rather than wide. Place the orange piece of paper on top, leaving a one-inch tab of the yellow piece visible on the edge nearest you. Place the blue piece of paper on top of the yellow one, leaving a one-inch tab of the yellow paper visible on the same edge. The result will look similar to a fan; you should see the entire blue piece, then a small tab of the orange piece and a small tab of the yellow piece.
3. Fold the top of the papers down, but not exactly in half. The result should be a yellow front cover, then five separate tabs in the following order: orange, blue, blue, orange, yellow. Place two staples one-eighth of the way from the top of the foldable to hold papers in place.
4. Write the title on the yellow cover. Depending on what the skill being learned is, the title could be “Representing the Number 64,” “Facts about Africa,” or “Becoming an Interior Designer.”
5. Write a sub-title on the visible portion of each tab. For the title “The Number 64,” sub-titles could include “Base 10 Blocks,” “Money” and “Equations.” For the title “Becoming an Interior Designer,” subtitles could include “Education and Training,” “Related Careers” and “Job Description.”
6. Lift the tabs and write information about the topic on each page. For example, on the “Equations” page of “The Number 64,” students can write various equations that equal 64.
“Hot Dog” Foldable
7. Gather one piece of white or colored printer paper for each student.
8. Place the paper in front of you so that it is tall rather than wide. Fold the left side over as is done for a “hot dog fold,” leaving a 1-inch tab of the bottom layer visible. This means that the paper will be folded, but not exactly in half.
9. Cut the top layer of the paper into four equal sections. This will require making three horizontal cuts. Each cut should go from the edge of the top layer of paper to the center fold, resulting in four flaps that can be flipped over to reveal the inside of the “book.”
10. Write the title of the foldable on the visible flap of the second layer of paper. You will need to flip the paper sideways to do this. Jennifer Duarte and Michelle Klepper of ELLClassroom.com, utilize this type of foldable for topics such as “Types of Sentences.”
11. Write sub-titles on the visible top portion of each flap. For example, on the foldable titled “Types of Sentences,” sub-titles could be “Exclamatory Sentences” and “Interrogative Sentences.” Lift the flaps one at a time and add information about each sub-title. For example, under the flap “Exclamatory Sentences,” students could write the definition of an exclamatory sentence and give two examples.