Foldable Fun–Geometry

WARNING: This post contains A LOT of graphics!




My students get a kick out of adding new things to their math journals and they learn so much doing it.  We recently added these to our journals as a way for us to remember some key terms associated with 3 dimensional shapes.  The kids love turning a flat piece of paper into a 3 dimensional shape.



I love that these foldables flatten out so that the journal can be closed without smooshing the shape.



It can also be lifted up so that notes can be written underneath.



And, it’s super easy for your kids to make.  Here’s how to do it…























If you give this a try, I would love to hear how they turn out.  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

23 comments

  1. My goal for next year is to do more notebooking. I started in math this year but I didn't use them as much as I would have liked to. This is a great idea for next year! Thanks for sharing :o)

    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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  3. Awesome! I am such an advocate for notebooks!! I love that they show cumulative learning and can be referred back to! It also is a place to see growth from the beginning to the end of the year!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, I am so doing this tomorrow as we are learning 3D figures. Actually, we are learning A LOT of math lately as we do our provincial testing next week and still have A LOT to cover.

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  5. I love this idea and will definitely use it next year which will be my first year teaching my own class! Super excited and ready for it. Please keep in touch with me for more great ideas and advise. I'll look for you on Facebook :)

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  6. I found your blog via Pinterest. I love using these foldables with my students. They love the 3-D nature of them.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  7. Never used foldables or notebooks before. Thinking of using them next year. Any advise to getting started. Do you use a marble notebook?

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  8. Tagteacher - Yes, I do use the marble notebooks because they are very sturdy and durable. In the beginning, I give my directions very slowly and I check to make sure everyone understands what to do before I progress to the next step. It's hard for me to move this painfully slow but it pays off! The kids catch on very quickly so I don't have to spend a whole lot of time at this stage. Don't feel like you have to have a foldable on every page. On some pages we just take notes but I encourage my kids to add color to their notes to make them more visually appealing. Good luck with your notebooks!

    Hooty

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  9. This is awesome!! I love that it can be 3D and then fold back down. Brilliant!

    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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  10. I am working in a summer strategies program. I was looking for an idea to help teach geometry with a foldable. This is PERFECT !!! Thanks.
    Debbie

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  11. Awesome! I can't wait to try this next week! I think it will be an amazing activity for my special needs children. Thanks!

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  12. This will be a great foldable for my sons' math notebooks next week! I will have them write the definition under each vocabulary word. Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. I LOVE this idea. But please make sure you change your notes before you present them to students...the height of a 3D shape is always perpendicular to the base. So, the edge of a pyramid is not the height - - the perpendicular line from the apex of the pyramid to the base.

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  14. Thank you for this. I will have to modify a bit for my high school geometry students, but I think they will like doing it when we get to the 3-D shapes. Last year I had the students make pop-up books with their 3-D shapes.

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  15. This is great. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be recommending this on www.thegrade3teacher.com

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  16. Thanks for this great idea, I read about it this morning and did it with 2 boys this morning. They loved it and they were able to show me the face and edges of other shapes.

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  17. Love this idea for my 3rd grade geometry unit. Thanks!

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  18. Great idea! I'm looking forward to trying this!

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  19. Thank you so much! love your idea.

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  20. I am a tutor. This is a great way to recap a lesson on 3 d shapes. Love how it folds flat in the journal.

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  21. I am a pre-service teacher and as an assignment we are teaching a lesson in the class that we are assisting this semester. I am planning on using this with my lesson for the students to put in their math journals! I can't wait to see how the students react to something so interactive! GREAT IDEA. Thank you!

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