Thursday, October 18, 2012

Foldables! Foldables! Foldables!

Hi everyone!
My new thing this year has been foldables and interactive notebooks. We have interactive notebooks for reading, math, writing, spelling, seasonal, miscellaneous, and social studies.  Needless to say, I spent a forture on notebooks because not all the kiddos can bring all the stuff on their lists.  I'm finding as a teacher and a mom there are so many things on their class lists nowadays.  I spent about $300 on my two girls alone on school supplies this year. It's hard on parents right now so I've had parents in the past, who can, donate extra items from the class list.  This was a great idea so I started sending in an extra box of supplies for my daughters' teacher as well.  I figure we get a teacher discount and if their teacher spends as much as I do in the classroom...then she deserves it.
Anyways, back on track... The topic was foldables.  I love doing foldables in the classroom as kids love them and it's an easy way to sneak in some learning on them.  A lot of the foldables I see are all kid made...which I really like...but sometimes I want it to go a little faster and labeling all the parts of the foldable sometimes takes the kids a long time.  So....I've been busy making foldable templates for units that they could be incorporated into. The idea came from the great blog Get in the Fold.   Basically all I did was just made the foldable for you.  My foldable shows you where to fold and cut. It also comes with picture directions on how to put it together.  The picture below is just of the pictures of the steps you must take to make this but the foldable is in the download...I just didn't make a thumbnail of it.  I'm so excited because I just ordered some of  Dinah Zike's foldable books and can't wait to share activities and units with you. I have a couple units started that are common core correlated with lots of foldables included so stay tuned.
I actually made you all an easy foldable to try out if you haven't used them yet...or not that much anyway.  I usually put these in my interactive notebooks, but I incuded a title for those of you who do not use interactive notebooks.  One tip to getting foldables to fit inside composition books or spirals is to copy it off at 73%.  This seems to fit perfectly.
This foldable is what I'm using in my Patricia Polacco Author Study (I'm working on the entire unit and will have it on TpT soon).  This foldable highlights the book Mrs. Mack, in which Patricia is actually the character in the book.

Also I found another blog giveaway today.  Her name is Andrea and her blog is called Reaching Towards the Stars.  She is a reading specialist and has lots of terrific ideas!  Click on the picture below for the link to her giveaway.  Us bloggies need to stick together so we all have chances of winning these terrific products. 


  1. I love using foldables too! We had a training a few years ago, and I always put them in my interactive notebooks as well.

    Thanks for giving my blog a shout out!
    Reading Toward the Stars

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog Stephanie Ann!

    The foldables links you've given are going to be really useful. I tend to use a lot of lists (of prepositions, linking words, phrasal verbs, irregular verbs etc) to organise thoughts and create links in little brains, but foldables seem a lot less like 'work' =P

    You have a great blog! I will be back to visit you often =)

    Teacher Kirra:Maestra Kirra

  3. Thanks so much for the freebie and thanks for dropping by my site! :) I am your newest follower. I hope you have a fantastic day!
    Learning 4 Keeps

  4. HI Steph . . . so nice to meet you. Thanks for swinging by my little old bloggy-blog. If you ever need anything, look me up!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  5. Hey You!

    Thanks bunches for stopping by my blog and for entering my giveaway...can't wait to get to know ya!!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade


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