Why do foldables work?
My high school students sometimes used foldables, and they seemed somewhat helpful, but for some reason when I got to middle school foldables were great! Give the kids a chart or some other kind of graphic organizer and they are bored and don't seem to get as much out of it. Give them a foldable and they like it. I wanted to find out why.
I like foldables because....
- They are a little bit kinesthetic.
- They get to be more creative
- They are creating a study tool
- They get to create something that they are proud of at the end.
- They seem to do better at pulling out information, not just copying from the text.
- They really help students organize information.
- Kids like to look back to them to study! They seem to remember where to find their information and find it more meaningful than other notes.
I also wanted to find some other information about foldables and why they work. I found a lot of opinions, but not a lot of really backed up data. However, here are some great resources that I found:
http://www.foldables.blogspot.com/ (discussion of using foldables)
http://getinthefold.blogspot.com/ (great information on foldables and the common core)
http://tothesquareinch.wordpress.com/category/foldables/ (great examples of middle school math and science foldables):
And of course, the creator of foldables http://www.dinah.com with lots of examples
Here are my products that are in my TpT store that are foldables. All have been used in my classroom. These include:
- circulatory system, excretory and digestive system, heat transfer, sexual and asexual reproduction, plant and animal cells, and more will be coming. (Can you tell we've been doing human body??!)
If there is a particular topic you want to see, let me know!