This is not a science specific resource, however, as an elementary teacher of science and as a professional development provider I have used Foldables to help learners better understand science concepts. If you are new to Foldables, they are essentially folded paper used as a graphic organizer. There are many flavors of Foldables: Cause & Effect, Venn Diagrams, mini-books, and more.
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Some of my favorite Foldables resource sites are the following:
- The Official Foldables Site: Dinah Zike’s site (the inventor of educational origami)
- Center for Math and Science Education Foldables Wiki
- Foldables and Lapbooks from Homeschool Share:
this site has templates and directions for several Foldables and graphic organizers
- Print, Cut, and Fold: a site with “technology-infused foldables”- click HERE for a PDF handout of activity types
- A PDF Guide to making 10 Foldables: This is great!
- Foldables are Wonderful Wiki- examples here organized by content area
- Catawba County Schools Foldables Wiki: This wiki had pdfs of Foldable examples
- Let’s Book It with Tech’Knowledge’y: This site has several Foldable book examples
- Example of a simple Foldable (see below) for learning about photosynthesis and cellular respiration. This is from a Science Scope article- click HERE to download
Applications for Science Teachers: Foldables help students build understanding through the use of visual and kinesthetic interactions. The use of a Foldable or graphic organizer can help students build their understanding of a science concept in a structured and tangible way.