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Making Books and Foldables to Encourage Writing and Learning

I presented a workshop at the HSC Conference in San Jose, CA and this is the handout I used. To save on paper I am posting it as a blog entry for people to access and to easily link to the resources provided.

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Making Books and Foldables to Encourage Writing and Learning

What are Foldables?

*Foldables are 3D interactive graphic organizers

Why use Foldables?

*Foldables can make a subject/topic more interesting/engaging

*Foldables can be used for any age/grade level

*Fun and motivating

*Hands on activity

*Aids in information retention

*Integration of subjects

*Helps organize information

*Alternative form of note taking

*No rules on how you must use them



Dinah Zike is the queen of foldables. Her site has free templates from other conferences and many resources.

Dinah Zike’s Foldables is a free PDF version of her entire book. Excellent resource!

100 Pages of Templates you can type on from Homeschool Share

Homeschool Share lap book page-lots of resources

Enchanted Learning-printable books for all subjects/themes/holidays (membership site, some resources are free)

DLTK printable mini books -free printable books for many themes/holidays for younger ages

Paper Fortune Teller video-just because it’s fun!

Pinterest! Search for a huge variety of lap books and foldable ideas.

Recommend books:

Big Book of Books and Activities: An Illustrated Guide for Teacher, Parents, and Anyone Who Works With Kids! by Dinah Zike

Read a Book-make a Book (How to Make Books With Children)

by Jill Norris, Jeff Fessler (Evan Moor)

Big Book of Science -Elementary K-6

by Dinah Zike

Big Book of Science - Middle School and High School

by Dinah Zike (she also has math, social studies, world history)

25 Read & Write Mini-Books That Teach Word Families: Fun Rhyming Stories That Give Kids Practice With 25 Keyword Families (Scholastic)

Easy Make & Learn Projects: Animal Habitats: Reproducible Mini-Books and 3-D Manipulatives That Teach About Oceans, Rain Forests, Polar Regions, and 12 Other Important Habitats (Scholastic)

Scholastic has many of these mini book resource books.

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