“Foldables” are basically 3 D graphic organizers. Graphic organizers are great tools to help English Language Learners (and all students) categorize content in a way to make it more accessible to them (you might also want to check-out Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers).
I’ve found them particularly helpful in Social Studies classes, but they’re useful in all subjects. “One-dimensional” graphic organizers are equally useful. Foldables, though, generally provide space for more content and are also good for a change-of-pace.
Here are my choices for The Best Teacher Resources For “Foldables”:
ELL Classroom has several blog posts describing their use of foldables with English Language Learners.
Here’s a simple Slideshare presentation that describes the use of foldables.
Teacher Melinda Sprinkle has a blog focused on using foldables in the classroom.
Susan Kapusinsky’s “Making Books” has some great foldable instructions, and here’s a video titled “How to Make an Instant Book.”
Foldables and Notebookables is from “TeachFine.”
Video: Simple Instructions For Making A Mini-Book
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I love foldables! I currently have 2 books by Dinah Zikes. They are great useful resources. I have “The Big Book of Activities” (http://tinyurl.com/m4389e) and “The Big Book of Science” (http://tinyurl.com/lhmn27). I recommend just getting the former because most of it is repeated in the science version. More manipulatives and foldables resources can be purchased at her website, (http://www.dinah.com/).
I have been working on a Foldable blog for some time. I do have several photos of Foldables and ideas as well as links and other information-all about Foldables. Please leave a comment if you like what you see.
We love your blog! We have 2 new Foldable resources we hope you find useful.