Saturday, October 11, 2008

BSPC Foldables Workshop

Teachers and staff from BCPS will participate in a 3-hour Foldables workshop on October 14, 2008. This Make-It, Take-It style workshop will allow participants to make multiple Foldables of various styles. From folded books and shutter folds to four-door books, tab folds, and three-quarter books, teachers and staff will leave with an arsenal of Foldables and ideas for use with students at their own schools. Participants are sure to enjoy a fun afternoon of making their own Foldables.

In order to earn 7 recertification points, participants need to verify their use a Foldable. First, post a comment on the Foldables blog that includes how you used a Foldable with your students. Include: 1. What Foldable did you use with students? 2. What was the purpose of the Foldable? 3. How do you think the Foldable project assisted students in learning required material?

You have the option of earning an extra recertification point, for a total of 8 points, if you email me a photo sample of the Foldable you created. My email address is

***Please note: If you are an administrator or other staff member and do not have direct contact with students, your comment will include: 1. How do you feel Foldables can assist students with learning required material? 2. Which Foldable did you like best? Why? You can also earn an extra recertification point by emailing me a photo sample of a Foldable that you, yourself, finished. Or, you can share an idea with a teacher at your school and send me a photo of a finished Foldable from their work with students.

Making Foldable projects with my students is one of my favorite parts of teaching. It is my hope that you enjoy the workshop and have fun sharing ideas and making Foldables with your students.

Have fun folding, and let me know if I can be of help in any way.



Maggie Marsh said...

The workshop on 10-14 was great! I really enjoyed learning new ways to implement foldables into my curriculum - even in middle school! The ability for students to manipulate something and to create their OWN study guides/notes/etc. It brings back the color and creativity of elementary school but with higher learning materials...I recommend it for all teachers and students!

Danny Thomas said...

I used the folded book with my Accounting class. I used it to review a lesson on Analyzing Transactions using T-accounts at the begining of class. It was a great opening activity. We created the folded books and all of the students labeled them Transactions. Then each student put two transactions of their choosing on the inside cover of the book. We switched books and I had them create T-accounts on the right inside page of the book using the given transactions. It was more of a review exercise for my class than actually learning new material.

Maggie Marsh said...

1. What Foldable did you use with students?
I did a shutter fold with each side cut into five tabs.

2. What was the purpose of the Foldable?
Each tab represented a need of either a plant or an animal. Inside the tabs, students were to explain how the organism is able to meet that particular need (i.e. Plants need water; this need could be met by rain coming into the soil and obtaining the water through its roots). The two interior columns of the shutter-fold were for elaborating their previous explanations through drawing either the plant or animal meeting one of the five needs.

3. How do you think the Foldable project assisted students in learning required material?

Students were able to see all the aspects of both animals and plants and their needs which are mentioned in the Life Science SOLs(as well as thinking about HOW they are met and being able to visualize it through a drawing). Student really seemed to enjoy this kinesthetic activity and had a great understanding of the material.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Mansel said...

I work with a student with autism in 4th grade. His reading comprehension is a struggle for him. We are using the large shutter fold. We research and print pictures from the internet such as, shallop, colonial ship, bear, Jamestown Fort, and other such items. My student cuts and paste these pictures in the shutter fold and then writes a sentence about this picture from the story. Ths shutter fold provides a great place for him to put these visuals to help him better understand the book his group is reading.
We are also using a trifold as a place to document a timeline of the story. On the first fold he writes something that happened in the section of the book we read. The fold below this fold, he writes something that happened next. This also allows him to see cause and effect. On the inside of the flaps he can draw a picture about what he wrote.
These foldables assist him in classroom discussion. When the classroom teacher is discussing the book as a group, my student is able to look at his foldables and they help him verbalize his answer to the teacher's question.
These foldables will also be great documentation for his VGLA goals.

Tina Davis said...

I used the 4 door book for one of my 1st graders and it was an easy concept for him to understand the 4 seasons. It gives a good visual for the whole class to understand. I really enjoyed all the foldables class and we plan on using them a lot!

Anonymous said...

Gale Purvis said
I attended the foldable workshop on 10-14-08 and I really enjoyed it. I actually got to help do a foldable in a Math class last week.
I feel like the foldables can assist the students with learning the material easier. The students can take a lot of information and cut it down so it is easier to understand and learn. Also the students enjoy making them.
I enjoyed making the book foldable. You can put a lot of information, and it is easy to put in their binders, and it looks like a little book, which the students get a kick out of.

Cindy Mihelich said...

I used the 4 door foldable with my 2nd grade word study group. They made the foldable, wrote the features on the doors and listed the words under the correct door. They also looked in the week's books for additional words with the features to list in the foldable.
The foldable helped the students learn and recoginize the features.
I am looking forward to using other foldables with my groups.

Kay Wilson said...

Your workshop was very interesting and alot of fun. What a great way for kids to learn and have fun all at the same time. I used a flip book with tabs for my second grade reading group the week of Halloween. We read poems and guessed "What am I"? They enjoyed the activity and wanted to know if they could do more folding. I will be sending a picture of the foldabe as soon as I can.

Diane Hill said...

Thand you for teaching the Foldables Workshop. I really enjoyed the afternoon. I use foldables frequently with my second grade word study group to help catetorize the word patterns. I made a foldable with a flip book feature that the students used to compare their short vowel words (cvc) to their long vowel words (cvce). The foldable helped the students see how adding the final silent -e to the end of a short vowel word changes the word. The new word has a long vowel pattern. I will be sending a picture of the foldable I used as soon as I can.

Kathryn Howe said...

I used the sample foldable you gave us that broke down the geographic regions of the United States. I remade this foldable using the five geographic regions of Virginia. The name of the region on the outside was illustrated in such a way to give the students a clue as to its features. Students then lifted the tab and wrote facts about the region. I am a librarian and used this with the 4th graders as a review of Vs2. I found Fairfax County's website with samples of foldables for almost every SS SOL in 4th and 5th grade. I passed this information on to our 4th and 5th grade teachers,and plan to use several of these foldables myself in the library as review. Thank you for introducing me to such an exciting method of learning!!

Amy Mallow said...

I have been using the foldables since the day after the class. I am so glad that I went.
During our matter unit, I used the pyramid foldable to have the students complete a sort of solids, liquids, and gases. They loved that it came out 3-D and that they could take it home and show their parents. The students still talk about the pyramid foldable and how much they "wish (they) could do that one again!" Iam very thankful for having attended this workshop and I will definately continue to use them in my classroom!

Heather Davis said...

I plan on using the "Six" Tab Foldable with my Fourth Grade Art Classes. They need to be able to categorize works of art by Subject Matter - Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, Narrative, Genre, and Non-Objective. On the front of each tab I listed the different areas and on the 1 inch margin I wrote in big letters "SUBJECT MATTER". On the left inside I listed characteristics of that category and on the right I listed examples of art work that fell into that category. Last year it was hard for the students to group and seperate out all the information they were learning - this will allow them to break it down and really be able to compare and contrast the different forms of subject matter.


Sharon Danaher said...

Thanks for the workshop on foldables. I have used a few in my class already. One that I did was the hot dog foldable for 5th grade reading. The students cut the top half in fourths and labled them: setting, theme, plot and point of view. I had copied the definitions of each of the above and the students cut and pasted these on the inside flap. On the bottom half of the hot dog fold they "created" a story. They really enjoyed this activity and hopefully they will think about it when trying to remember point of view, etc...
Sharon Danaher