Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Latest Foldable Fun

The students in my class have been working very hard on using foldables to show what they know! Even then most basic of folds have enabled the students to produce valuable tools for studying. Here are some new pictures of foldables we have been working on! Enjoy!

The picture to the left is of a foldable the students worked on in partners to review George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The students drew a picture of their president and sorted sentence strips that had key information about each president on them. We stapled the two foldables together to display them like a "Battleship" game where one side showed the information on George Washington and the other side showed the information on Abraham Lincoln. The students really enjoyed doing this foldable!

The picture to the right is of a Famous American review foldable using a shutter fold. The students were given an oversized paper with the names already printed on the outside and a black and white picture of the famous people on the inside. The students were asked to draw pictures to show what they know about each of the Famous Americans on the outside. On the inside, they sorted phrase cards that contained riddle-like clues (for example: "I had a dream that one day all people would be treated equally, regardless of race." for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Some students (keep in mind that they are 2nd graders) were very detailed in their drawings. I was very impressed with the success of this foldable. Parents were appreciative, too, because they could use the information within the foldable to practice for the unit test.

The pictures in the center below are from the fractions foldable we have recently constructed. The students created a graphic organizer on which each page tehy displayed the word and number forms and the picture associations of fractions of a shape and fractions of a group for fractions 1 whole, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, and 1/10. The great thing about this foldable is that the pages are all different colors, the circles were pre-divided (so the students didn't have to spend too much time trying to figure out how to draw the lines so that they are "right"), and the students could trace one portion of the whole to show the fraction we were considering. We have displayed these foldables in the hallway because they are so bright and fun and the students really worked hard on them!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Foldables, Foldables Everywhere

I couldn't resist sharing these two photos of Foldables in use. Amy Mallow, a contributing author to the blog, shared these samples of Foldables. I loved how she created the Foldable, photocopied it for students, and allowed them to fold, cut, and fill in the answers. Students appreciate this as the "shell" has already been completed. Notice how the Foldable was added to student Interactive Notebooks for easy access and review when needed. Foldables make a great addition to Interactive Notebooks. Amy states, "I have been using Foldables left and right with my second graders. They LOVE them, and I have noticed that they refer back to them when we're talking about something we've made with a Foldable." Parents appreciate Foldables too because they are a great way to help their children prepare for tests and quizzes.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Foldables: Beyond the Basics

On Monday, January 11, several Bedford County teachers will participate in a two hour Foldable workshop. This session is a full, 'make-it, take-it' event designed to give teachers time to create Foldables for use with their students. Participants will be shown several advanced Foldables that are sure to spark creativity as they construct their own samples. Access to computers and a printer will also be provided.
Thanks to Mrs. Amy Mallow for your valuable elementary Foldable expertise. Your help was greatly appreciated by all workshop attendees.