Math = Love: Foldable Love

Friday, October 19, 2012

Foldable Love

Nine weeks into the school year, I am still in love with foldables.  I feel like they have made such a difference in the attitudes of my students toward math.

At the same time, I'm trying to further develop my teaching strategies beyond foldables and interactive notebooks.  Everyone tells me that I am doing a good job, but I know that I could be doing so many things better.  I have so much room to grow.  I've been doing a lot of research lately on Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies.  I just ordered a new book, Inspiring Active Learning, from Amazon that I can't wait to delve into.  I've already tried several of the strategies, and they were amazing.  So much to blog about!   

Here's my latest interactive notebook entries for Algebra 1.

Outside of Cross Multiplication Foldable

Inside of Cross Multiplication Foldable

Solving Proportions Practice; Unit Rate Example using Grocery Ads

Fraction / Decimal / Percent Triangle
Stolen from Pinterest

Percents and Proportions Foldable (Outside)
I'm teaching this the same way my Algebra 1 teacher taught me: "Is over of equals percent over one hundred."

Percents and Proportions Foldable (Inside)
Part over whole equals percent over one hundred.

Percent of Change Notes
Nothing spectacular here...

Ordered Pair Notes

Outside of Coordinate Plane Foldable
A commenter suggested using the letter c to remind students of the order of the quadrants.  I had never been taught this way, but I decided to give it a try.  My students loved it.

Inside of Coordinate Plane Foldable

Scatter Plot Foldable Outside
3 Types of Correlation

Inside of Scatter Plots Foldable
3 Types of Correlation

I gave each student a sheet of neon dot stickers.  They used their dots to create a scatter plot.  We took turns looking at each student's scatter plot and determining the correlation.  My students loved it. 

Domain and Range Notes

Independent and Dependent Variable Notes

Algebra 2 Factoring Foldable

This blue paper is from my favorite Astrobrights paper assortment.  

Neenah Astrobrights Premium Color Paper Assortment, 24 lb, 8.5 x 11", 500 Sheets, Happy (21289)


  1. Love the unit rates idea! I can't wait to use it!

  2. There are so many great ideas here for interactive notebooks. I especially liked how you had the students cut out picture from a grocery flyer and find the unit rate of that item. And the round stickers for correlation looks like a fun, engaging, hands on activity. Thanks for sharing all your photos!

  3. What does the inside of your factoring foldable look like? I love it and definitely want to do that with my algebra students too.

  4. Me too! I want to see the inside of the factoring foldable!

  5. I like your F/D/P triangle! I saw this triangle at an inservice last week as well but it was too late for this year's lesson. :( I can't wait to try it next year for this lesson.

  6. These are great ideas! Thank you for sharing. It is hard to find good math stuff for older kids. I also would like to see the inside of the factoring foldable!

  7. Do you have any pictures of the inside of the Factoring Foldable???

    1. I didn't take any pictures of the inside because it was terrible. We did an example problem of each type, but it was incredibly disorganized. This is on my list of foldables to revise for next year. I want to have all of the steps written out for my students who need to refresh their memories.

  8. I know this is a year old, but any chance you can show or tell me what's on the inside of your ratio and proportion definitions? Looks like you have your Frayer model vocab on there, but I'd love to see what you put in each section.

    1. Ratio
      Definition: A comparison of two numbers by division
      Facts/Characteristics: ratio of a to b ; a:b ; a/b

      Definition: An equation that states two ratios are equal
      Facts/Characteristics: a is to b as c is to d; a/b = c/d

      I let each class come up with their own examples and non-examples.

      Hope this helps!

  9. I LOVE your interactive notebook! I really wanted to try one this year with my Geometry students and struggled to know where to begin.

    1. Thanks! Keep an eye on my blog because I have plans to write an entire series on how to start an interactive notebook in the next couple of weeks. If you have any specific questions you want to see answered, just let me know.

      And, thanks for reading my blog!

    2. Have you started your INB series yet? We hit a brick wall midway this year (doing it the "old" way) I just started INB last week. First test tomorrow - hopefully it has helped! I would love any and all help :)

    3. Sadly, I haven't. This semester has been way busier than I anticipated. I'm presenting over it in June at my state's math teacher conference, so it should be up no later than the end of May.

  10. I love love love your foldables! It's my first year teaching math (algebra 2), and I'm trying to spice things up a bit. I always loved math, but I know that I'm teaching students who don't necessarily share my love. Good thing: They know they need to learn this stuff for SATs. Better thing: I'm going to try to get them to actually enjoy it! Thanks and keep on blogging!

  11. By chance can you give me the actual steps on how you make the 4 corner factoring foldable. I've been trying unsuccessfully and can't figure it out

    1. Start with a square piece of paper. Fold the paper into fourths. Unfold the paper. Fold each corner into the center. It should make the shape you are looking for. :)

  12. How do your percent and proportions foldable work? I'm unfamiliar with this method.