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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!

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

by Jill Norris, Jeff Fessler (Evan Moor)

by Dinah Zike

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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