Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Language Arts Tuesday: More Foldables!!

3 years ago, I participated in a Foldable Mania Week and it was the BEST! Since Interactive Notebooks are so in the 'now' I want to revive these posts to show as options. Here's the schedule for this week:

Tuesday- Language Arts
Thursday- Social Studies
Friday- Free for all!

Language Arts is by far one of my favorite subjects to teach. I have always been a reader and love to pass on that love to my students. I could definitely use a lot of my favorite foldables in many different ways: sequencing, cause and effect, author's purpose, etc., etc. The list could go on and on! However, the other side of Language Arts is also Writing and Grammar. I think a lot of time these areas might get over looked. If I was ever going to teach college, I'd teach How to Teach Writing 101 :)

Anyways, when I taught third grade, a lot of my students needed a review of their basic components of writing. So, I created this foldable:

 It was an excellent review of the important types of words. Many of my students couldn't remember a noun from an adjective. On each flap, the students wrote the definition and lifted the flap above to write examples.

 You can also include hints for the hard ones :)

This foldable is made by using full sheets of paper. The first thing to do is to decide how many flaps you want. I wanted 6 so I used 3 sheets of paper. Lay them on top of each other and stagger each one just a bit.
Next, fold them so that your layers make the flaps. This is a bit harder so don't actually crease the paper until you are sure tha tyou have them the way that you want.

I usually make sure to use multiple colors when modeling to the kids so they can see the difference. My students had a mix of whatever colors they grabbed from a stack of construction paper. I hope my directions were clear. But if anyone is interested in a photo tutorial, just let me know!

Happy folding!!

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