Laura Candler of Teaching Resources is holding a Fantastic Foldables linky party that already has many ideas for using foldables linked up. If you are looking for new and improved ways to engage your students in any subject area, you’ll definitely want to check it out!

But wait! Don’t go yet! First of all keep reading to see one of my favorite foldables. It is easy, and definitely my “go-to” foldable when I need a quick, hands-on activity in my classroom. I generally use this one in math for representing numbers, but have also used it in other subject areas such as French and Social Studies. Below is an explanation of how to make it.

First, you will need three pieces of paper for each student. You can use all one color, but I prefer to use three different colors. Copy paper works best, but construction paper will also do the job.

Next, line up the papers so that they overlap, with a small “tab” left for each color.

Then fold the paper over so that you get six tabs in all, and staple the top to make it into a book. OK, seriously, my pictures are flip-flopping all over the place. Hopefully you get the idea!

Now it is time to label the cover and the tabs. This foldable is being used for representing the number 100, so the front cover is labeled “Representing 100” and each tab is labeled with a different way that the number will be represented. Representations in words, base 10 blocks, money, equations and pictures are included in this specific foldable. Story problems are also a good one to add.

Now students can write/draw on each page. For example, on the equation page students should write as many equations as they can that equal 100.

This foldable is great for consolidating learning at the end of a unit, and also as a form of summative assessment. They look great in student portfolios and also can make a nice bulletin board display.

If you have other ways that you have used this type of foldable, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

And, don’t forget to head over to Laura Candler’s foldable linky party by clicking on the image below.

Have a great day!