Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Math Notebook Foldables

As fourth graders, my students have completed "millions" of worksheets (according to them,) by the time they enter my classroom. I can remember feeling the same way as a kid. Who doesn't? As a teacher I work to create fun interactive activities that allow the kids to explore...but I struggled with how to create fun and helpful ways for the students to take notes, until I learned about Foldables. Foldables have been created/marketed by Dinah Zike. You can find her website here.  They have been the answer to my prayer.

What I love about Foldables are the many ways you can use them, and the different types that there are. I use some of the Notebook Foldables to tape into our Math Journals.
3-D Foldable laying flat in our notebook

3-D Foldable "popped up"

Angle Foldable picture 1

Angle Foldable-sneak peak inside two of the flaps

 Tomorrow I will share examples of the other types of Foldables I commonly use with my kiddos. Happy folding!


  1. I know I am late, Bethany... But I love these foldables! Are these available somewhere? I love how they pop up and then fold back into the notebook...

    (So glad I've found your bog!)

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    1. Hi Kim, I copied them out of Dinah Zike's Notebook Foldable book. But I have created my own "templates" for these two foldables that you can download here. If you enjoy using foldables her book is well worth the purchase. She has so many different kinds, and a lot of suggestions on how to use them.
      I'm glad you like them!

  2. Hi Bethany! I am popping over here for a visit and had to see your foldables. I LOVE foldables! Mainly because my students learn more when they use them. I also have Dinah Zike's Notebooks. Recently I wrote a grant for all the ones I didn't have. I love having these available for my students. I am so glad I found your blog! Pam

    Visit me at Teaching By The Sea

    1. Hi Pam, Thanks so much for stopping by! Our school has a set of most/all of Dinah Zike's books that we copy from as needed. Most of my kiddos love them and I notice they learn a lot more when I use them as well!