A library of a foldable template is a must-have for any teachers’ toolbox. Why are foldables an essential part of instruction for any subject? This complete library of foldables is a comprehensive resource to use as study guides, introduction to vocabulary or new terms, and consolidate processes.
Templates in your Library of Foldables
You can use foldable templates for just about any subject. Good use of foldable models is that you can use them year after year of teaching. Once you have a set of templates, make a binder or folder of them according to grade, subject, or even topic.
Preschool students have fun making pop-up foldables that they can share with friends. But that is not all. Pop-up charts or organizers are a useful way to teach them about storytelling, playtime, and story sequence. For older students, pop-up offer a valuable learning tool to investigate processes in science or math. Many of the pop-up foldables easily insert into an interactive notebook.
- Best Pop-Up Books
- Robert Sabuda Make Your Own Pop-Ups
Stack of circles or Spinner Wheel
For science and language, the method of a stack of paper circles is a valuable lesson to learn about anatomy, vocabulary, earth science, and cycles. Preschoolers even enjoy making spinners as part of daily lesson instruction. With spinners, they learn about sight words, picture vocabulary words, sentence structure, and rhyming words.
In a very common foldable, the tri-fold is a three-way paper fold that efficiently functions as a KWL chart, comparison and contrast table, and before and after occurrences. This type of fold inserts easily in any interactive notebook.
- Trifold Brochures
- I am Homeschooling
When you need more terms or events to discuss, the four fold is the ideal choice. Whether it’s a plain piece of paper in a student’s notebook or a printable, the four fold adapts quickly to any science or language lesson.
- Wizard of Kansas
As stories and narratives become longer and more elaborate, accordion foldables are the ideal choice for students with difficulty remembering details or specific plots. Accordion folds are easily pasted into interactive notebooks as students read and write notes in the foldable.
Folds Based on Shape for your Library of Foldables
Sometimes you might need to keep it simple for your students’ learning. Younger children need simplicity and consistency to gain the most from what they learn. Shapes include a familiar and tangible way to learn something else.
Square or diamond
One of the most fundamental shapes is the square or diamond. Preschoolers and young students can easily fold this form into an organizer to learn new rhyme words or sight words.
Another way to look at the world is through three-dimensional shapes. A cube is an excellent example to show young students the many relationships between science processes and language skills.
A five fold shape is an ideal way to capture vocabulary terms, science definitions, and rhyming patterns. A pentagon format helps preschoolers see different models of words or syllable structure. This foldable easily resembles a flower or petals of flowers where young preschoolers can color.
A triangle foldable is perfect when you want to make comparisons or contrasts of different or similar words. Preschoolers identify colors, words, and rhyming patterns. Young children also use the triangle fold as a method to correlate relationships between animals, plants, weather, and science processes.
Oval (Venn diagram)
An oval foldable is a frequent organizer. You might often see it as a Venn diagram. The useful part of an oval fold or layout is that it easily compares and contrasts two words or processes. Students have fun designating colors for each oval for easy comparisons.
STEM Project Folds as Part of your Library of Foldables
- Learning Lab Resources
- Growing STEM classroom
A KWL chart makes a logical transition from what you know to what you learned from reading a passage or chapter. Students have a visual tool to see their learning pattern.
Flap mini books
While it’s common for preschoolers, flap mini books introduce short stories or single syllable words. Flap mini books are excellent tools to learn new sight words and usage.
Young preschoolers integrate the knowledge of what they learn and put it into practice with a spinner. Spinners are colorful ways to introduce word identification, rhyming, or vocabulary.
Young children easily fold paper into many forms like flip books. Flip books become a reading tool children can take with them and practice reading at home or anywhere.
Tab mini chart
While you can create many types of tab mini chart foldables, a good rule of thumb is 3-5 tabs per chart. Ideally, these tab mini charts insert easily into interactive notebooks for later reference.
While it may appear that implementing all these teaching techniques is useful in the classroom, you might want to start with one or two options. Having too many printables or foldables may overwhelm you while you organize lesson planning and instruction. In the end, foldables and graphic organizers are there to help you during instruction time. So, have fun creating them.