You'll notice that I love printing my foldables on colored paper. I think that notes taken on colored paper are just more memorable than notes taken on plain, white copy paper. My students often remember which page in their notebooks they need to reference by what color the foldable was printed on. The paper I use the most is Fireworx brand colored paper. It's available from Amazon, comes in loads of colors, and is priced very reasonably. Astrobrights paper makes for the prettiest, brightest foldables, but it's a bit more pricey. So, I save it for printing posters.
|Algebra 1 - Unit 3 Writing and Solving Equations Table of Contents|
|Equation Frayer Model|
|Inverse Operations Graphic Organizer|
The notes at the bottom were my attempt at helping my students who were having trouble determining if a number was being added, subtracted, or multiplied in an equation. I don't know if it helped or not.
|Do / Undo Method for Solving Equations Foldable|
|Inside of Do/Undo Method for Solving Equations Foldable|
The next two pages (on solving equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign) were stolen from Sarah at Everybody is a Genius. I did exactly as she said to. I passed out these 6 balanced scale problems to my students. It was shortly after Halloween, so I still had leftover trick or treat candy. I promised candy to the first student who could figure out all six problems. Instant engagement. That instant engagement was, of course, followed by instant frustration.
Finally, I agreed to go over the answers with my students. We discussed 1, 2, and then 4. Oh, my students were SO mad at me. I was loving every moment of this lesson! When I told them that I had lied to them at the beginning and told them all of the scales were balanced, they were not happy. In fact, they decided that I should have to give them all candy since I lied to them. That was my plan all along, of course.
|Balanced Scale Problems|
|Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides of the Equal Sign - Outside of Foldable|
I referred to this as our flippy, flappy, foldy thing. I think this was one of our most-used foldables of the year so far. Our special education teacher loved it, too. I guess the reason why I love this so much is that it takes students step by step through the process of solving an equation. These are the same questions I would be asking a student if I was sitting by them and helping them. By giving all of my students this tool and modeling how it works, I am equipping my students to help themselves. (And, yes, my students remarked that I was WAY TOO happy about this foldable.)
|Solving Equations Flowchart Foldable - Outside|
|Solving Equations Flowchart Foldable - Yes Flaps|
|Solving Equations Flowchart Foldable - No Flaps|