Foldables title slideThe final presentation at our lunchtime pedagogy picnic on Magic Monday 3 was by Suzanne Falconer from our Science department, who introduced us to foldables.

Foldables are essentially a type of graphic organiser that allow students to categorise information in lots of different ways.

They can be used to take notes, record questions, observations or findings and organise information.  They can be used to chunk information into smaller pieces or to consolidate topics into one package, for example when reviewing work prior to an assessment.

Foldables can be used in any subject and give students the opportunity to create something themselves that they can then refer back to.  As the foldable is created by the student, they have to think about how they will organise and present information themselves, as well as how concepts link together.

Foldables come in all shapes and sizes, although the most common types of fold are:

  • Accordion
  • Burrito
  • Hamburger
  • Hotdog
  • Mountain
  • Shutter
  • Taco

…which can be used to create all manner of foldables including:

  • layered books
  • door books
  • matchbooks
  • trifold books
  • envelopes
  • flip books
  • etc.

By letting students select which type to use themselves they get to organise the information in a way which makes sense to them.

Suzanne has been using them with her Year 11 students to review a GCSE unit of work on “chemicals of the natural environment”

Foldable 4

Foldable 1

You can use the template below if you want to have a go at making this type of foldable.

Foldable 5

Suzanne will be running a voluntary, hands on workshop for staff after school on the 31st of March.

A Pinterest  page on “foldables for the classroom” can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

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