Math = Love: Algebra 1 Student-Made Foldables

## Tuesday, August 27, 2013

### Algebra 1 Student-Made Foldables

I've been keeping my students super busy with their interactive notebooks.  So far, my Algebra 2 students are loving the interactive notebooks.  My Algebra 1 students HATE them.  I still think they'll come around eventually...

Since I left both my camera and my interactive notebook at school, I'm going to share some photos of the interactive notebook pages that my Algebra 1 students created last year for their semester project.  Yes, this post has been setting in my drafts since May...

I know that I am continually inspired by foldables and other creative creations I see online.  It is my hope that one of these might serve useful as inspiration to you.  Remember - these were created by students.  Make sure you check these very carefully for errors before using with students!

 Finding Slope from 2 Points

 Airplane Method for Factoring Quadratics

 Four Types of Slope

 Domain and Range

 Four Types of Slope

 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution

 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution - Inside

 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution - Inside

 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution - Inside

 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution - Inside

 Absolute Value Foldable with Slider

 Absolute Value Foldable with Slider

 Absolute Value Foldable with Slider

 Parallel, Perpendicular, or Neither Foldable

 Parallel Lines and Perpendicular Lines

 Lines That Are Neither Parallel Nor Perpendicular

 Mean, Median, Mode, and Range Foldable

 Mean, Median, Mode, and Range Foldable

 Domain and Range Graphic Organizer

 Graphing Inequalities Foldable

 Graphing Inequalities Foldable

 Four Types of Slope Foldable

 Domain and Range Foldable

 Domain and Range Foldable - Inside

1. I love you notebooks. Have you heard of slope man? I used it with my 7th and 8th graders last year. They loved it and really related to the graphic. http://mathreuls.pbworks.com/f/Slope+Man+Rubric.pdf I found it through a google search last year.

1. I showed slope man to my Algebra 1 students last year, and they weren't thrilled. It was probably because I had just showed them the Slope Dude video on youtube. It's my favorite video to show for the entire year!

2. Could you explain the airplane method? I think it maybe something I may use but I am having a hard time reading of the student's handwriting. Thanks!

1. One of these days, I will finally write up a post about how I teach factoring. It keeps changing. In two years of teaching, I've taught factoring FOUR different ways! FOUR ways. That's two ways per year. I think I finally found my favorite way, though.

3. I teach all pull-out math classes and am interested in trying foldables. However, I could use some advice about just how much direction is given to students. Do you show exemplars first and then insist that they use their own words/examples? Do you provide a rubric/checklist?

1. Hi John. For this assignment, I gave them a rubric and full creative license. I've added the rubric in a comment below. Normally, our foldables are teacher-directed. I tell students exactly what type of foldable to make and what information should be written on each flap. This was more an end-of-year reflection project. Hope this helps!

4. Do you have any guidelines or rubrics that you used for this? I LOVE your blog and am in AWE that you are only a 2nd year teacher. A colleague of mine do much of our lesson planning around your ideas, thank you!

1. Thanks for your kind words about my blog, Alyssa!

Honestly, I didn't give my students the greatest set of directions for this project. My original file is on my computer a school, but they went something like this.

Create three interactive notebook pages that would teach somebody about three different topics we studied this year. You must include a foldable or graphic organizer on each page. You will be graded on your use of color, inclusion of an example problem, inclusion of a foldable or graphic organizer, creativity, and mathematical accuracy. This project is worth a 150 point test grade. Each page will be worth 50 points.

Project will be graded as follows:

_____/5 Color
_____/10 Creativity
_____/5 Graphic Organizer or Foldable
_____/5 Example Problem
_____/25 Mathematical Accuracy