Three practical and clever ways to use foldables

Why is it necessary to have a handful of foldables in your interactive notebook lessons? Foldables are one of the best ways to organize quick information.

Students rely on straightforward methods to gather learning material to put into practice. Much of the techniques in learning comes from using organization skills.

Students thrive in learning environments that generate painless ways to put together information.

This tutorial will show you how to organize Spanish vocabulary, verb tenses, and terminology within a student’s interactive notebook. With essential steps, students will be able to use three types of foldables with little cutting and folding.


Double Tab Pages Foldables

First of all, begin with two adjacent pages in your notebook. By having two pages facing each other, you can easily compare items such as verb tenses.

To create double tab pages foldables, follow these instructions:

  1. Fold the left page in half lengthwise
  2. Next, fold the right page in half the same way
  3. Draw four straight lines across the page section
  4. Repeat for the other page section
  5. Make sure each line matches each side of the pages
  6. Write the singular pronouns on one side of the page
  7. Write the plural pronouns on the other side of the page
  8. Open the folded pages
  9. Select the verb you want to conjugate
  10. Practice by writing the present verb tense for the singular side
  11. Repeat writing the present tense for the plural side

I used the verb Tomar (To Drink) in my example. A valuable technique is to write the infinite form of the verb on top of the pages to have as a reminder.

This type of foldable is ideal for students that need to grasp the concept of singular and plural pronouns with simple verb tenses. In addition to the different tabs, you can use pictures or draw each verb tense conjugation.

double tab pages foldables

Four One Fold Page Foldables

Besides the double page fold, one page of the interactive notebook splits into four sections. Within each section, you develop ideas of vocabulary, terminology, and sight words.

Follow these instructions to construct a four one fold page:

  1. Begin with the right side of the page of the notebook
  2. Fold the page in half lengthwise
  3. Divide the fold into four sections
  4. Draw lines inside and outside the tabs
  5. Label the outside parts with a specific terminology
  6. Make bullet point notes inside about your topic or draw pictures

In my example, I used the Spanish seasons to compare and contrast them. Inside each section, I made a collection of specific similarities and differences.

Students have fun making drawings or cut and paste pictures of the seasons.

four one fold page graphic organizer

A Square Foldable

Aside from using tabs and sections, you might use a square foldable within your notebook. I suggest you use the right side of the notebook.

Follow these steps to create your foldable:

  1. Start by taking the right side corner of the page and folding it crosswise producing a triangle
  2. Cut the rectangular portion from the bottom of the page and discard it
  3. Fold the other side of the corner of the page
  4. Draw two lines following the folds
  5. You should have four triangular shape folds

Likewise, my examples show the grouping of the Spanish months within a year. By using this foldable, students learn to group the months based on categories and season.

square fold graphic organizer for interactive notebooks

Similarly, have students paste pictures of different places or things you find in each of these months. For instance, you might collect items about snow, valentines, and shamrocks for January, February, and March.

In summary, using foldables and graphic organizers represent a visual method for students to interpret the material they learn. Whether it is a collection of terms or comparisons and contrasts, students integrate the first-hand experience with foldables.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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