Monday, June 27, 2011

Awesome foldables

So today I had to finish up my GT training on differentiating curriculum in the classroom. I thought it was going to be like every other training I've attended which involved huge packets and long power points. Of course I was surprised when the instructor had a table full of craft supplies and paper bags for us to cut apart and decorate in the training. I can honestly say that this was one of the most engaging training I have been to in a long time and I got tons of things I can use in my room. Here's a look at some things we made.

We made a paper bag book let. The one that is focused on math is an example a student did for her to show math tips and problem solving. These would be great for sequencing events!
Here is a paper bag man if you look closely at the bottom there is a pocket that held our extra papers. I'm thinking of using this as a math problem solving template and the pocket can hold story problems and manipulatives for them to solve. Or use it for a book retell.

Lastly I was really motivated to make this place value mat since I had seen them on another blog. It was super easy and tons of other teachers couldn't get over how cool it was. To make one I use 2 1/2 sheets of paper. I will definately have my students make these for their math folders. I was thinking instead of buying a place value chart I could make a large one out of construction paper and post it on my calendar board.



One more thing my teammate came up with this cute 5 finger rule reminder craft for the students to use when the go to the library the first of the year. Students will trace their hand and write the 5 rules on the fingers and write in complete sentences how to choos a just right book.

Just thought I would share these ideas with you guys. If you have any other ideas of how to use them I would love to hear from you.


  1. I want to know how to do those so bad!! Have you ever heard of The Bag Ladies? I would love to go to one of their workshops. They do stuff like that. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I'm loving the place value mat! Thanks for sharing.

  3. No problem ladies! Becca I'm gonna have to look up the bag ladies to see if they have any videos or books.

  4. I went to that training last week as well! Thanks for sharing your other ideas as well!

  5. I would love to know how you did these as well. I am training teachers in a couple of weeks and we need some engaging activity for the morning. I would love to do any of these. Thanks!