Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Foldable Slideshow


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During the summer of 2007, I traveled to Comfort, Texas to Dinah Zike's Foldable Academy. While there, I experienced, first hand, the wonderful world of Foldables. Dinah Zike's creation of three-dimensional graphic organizers are amazing. I had been using Foldables in the classroom with middle school students since 2001, but meeting Dinah Zike and her team of Foldable experts opened my eyes to new ways of using Foldables with students. My three day emersion workshop sessions allowed me to work with other teachers from across the United States and Mexico. My enthusiasm for creating and using Foldables with my students increased tenfold. And that is where the idea for this blog came about. Many thanks to Dinah for opening your academy, sharing your expertise, and making my trip wonderful. Foldables are awesome, and I hope to use this blog to share them with other educators.

8 comments:

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!

Susan Quarles said...

I used the four door foldable to help teach the four seasons. The purpose of the foldable was to teach the four seasons and the concept of time-it takes a year to get through all four seasons. This project assisted students in making visuals for each season which included the changes in trees, animals, and people clothing-adaptation.

Sherry Elliott said...

I teach World History II to freshmen and I incorporated the tab foldable into my lesson on the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. During class we explored the Ottoman and Mughal empires and then students created a foldable in order to highlight their understanding of these two empires. We created a 7 tab foldable and students included information about the location, religion, key leaders, goods traded, and factors that led to the fall among other things on their foldable. The students loved creating the foldable as we are always creating posters, brochures, and journals to allow them to highlight their comprehension of a topic. I modeled the foldable for the students and chose to go with the tab foldable because I feel like it is one of the ones that is fairly easy to create and I wanted a simple one for my students to do for the first time. Students were able to look at their finished foldable and very quickly and efficiently compare and contrast the Ottoman and Mughal Empires and key data about each that is covered on the SOLs. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop on foldables and plan to continue to periodically incorporate foldables into my lesson plans. Melinda, I will be emailing you a picture of one of the foldables created by one of my students.

nancy mills said...

We enjoyed the workshop on 11-5 at FES. Our third grade is going to use the shutter foldable, with each shutter cut four times to make the times table for one family. We are excited because this will be more assessible to the student that flash cards.
N. Mills

Donna Davis said...

I recently attended the foldables workshop given here at our school. I decided that I would give the 4 door foldable a try tomorrow for Veterans Day. I am going to use the 4 door foldable and have the students use it to answer the questions of "when, who, how, and why" do we honor veterans. I think it will be fun!

Wendy Gordon said...

I attended the workshop in October and have been hooked ever since. I recently used the layered book for multiplication strategies. It included repeated addition, equal groups, arrays, skip-counting and use of a multiplication table. They included a example of each that they created. The students loved it. It is so visual, and just in the making of the foldable they were able to make connections as they created it. I have since made others for language, social studies and science. The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Linda Seay said...

I enjoyed learning about foldables. I teach kindergarten and did a Thanksgiving foldable activity about what we are thankful for. We did the 3-fold and under each flap the students drew/wrote what they were thankful for and shared with the class. I will be doing another type after break.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to incorporate foldables into my classroom and lessons, but I'm so worried about the prep time it takes before they start adding to them. Do you have any tips or suggestions or calming reassurance that this is not the case!? haha. Thanks for your input!
-Nicole