Dinah Zike's Foldables

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  1. Missy99

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    They folded their construction paper like this:

    1. Hold it width-wise and fold left and right thumbs down so that folded paper is divided into three parts -- small left, small right, and large middle when you open the left and right (does that make sense?).

    2. Open the left and right sides to the inside of the foldable. Draw enough lines to create separate areas for the number of parts of speech you intend to use (this varies with grade level). On these sides, you write the parts of speech with examples. For example, you could write:

    VERB A verb is an action word. Tommy tried to tie his shoe.

    And so forth, until both sides contain the parts of speech. This is your "menu."

    In the middle (the larger section) we would write our "orders" under the heading "What I Would Like to Order from the Parts of Speech Cafe" such as "A sentence with two verbs and an adjective," or "A paragraph with four nouns, two prepositions and three verbs." The student would then write out what her or his "order" entailed on a sheet of notebook paper.

    You can vary the levels of the "orders" according to grade. This was just something I came up with spur of the moment (or maybe I stole the idea from somewhere :haha:). Anyway, the kids loved it and they kept their menus and actually referred back to them, so I considered this a successful foldable.
     
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    Elementary Book

    I've had this book included with our Treasures Series as a teacher book. If you can find the Reading/Language Arts foldable book, you can use it for truly any subject area. They are easy to make and you don't necessarily need to make any copies, just paper. Good luck!
     
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    I shared a cab with Dinah at a science conference and she invited me to her workshop. I went out of politeness. My teaching career hasn't been the same since. The foldables changed how I taught, and teach, and from that moment on, I became a good teacher. I have the kids create a whole graphic organizer at the beginning of a unit that they take notes in. It has made a world of difference in how I organize what I teach, how I deliver it, and how the kids learn the material. Foldables are definately a tool that is effective if a teacher is willing to learn how to use them.
     
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    WOW :woot: you met Dinah! I use her foldables often with my high schoolers- they love it
     
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    She is an extremely dynamic person who really does grab your attention in the first few seconds. She believes in what she does and transfers her excitement to all who hear her. What is so great about her foldables is that you don't really need anything other than paper and scissors. If anyone gets the chance to see her, you really should - it is so worth it!
     

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