Sunday, July 3, 2011

How to: Foldable

I've received some questions about how to make these foldables so I'm going to show you guys.  It's very easy and student friendly!  With that said I hope you can use these in your room.

Materials:  4 lunch paper bags, 1 large rubber band, 1 square sheet of colored paper or 4 note cards

First lay 1 paper bag with the flap on your left side facing up.

Next your going to lay the paper bags one on top of each other with the flaps switching from left to right.  So the first flap is on the left side the next bag will have the flap on the right side still facing up and continue pattern until all of your bags are on top of each other.

Then your going to fold them in half.

After you have folded them unfold your bags and cut about 1 inch on each corner where folded.  A total of 2 cuts.

Then your going to place your rubber band in the middle inside the slits.  Voila your book is made.

Now using your solid colored paper fold into 4 equal parts, cut and insert them into the bag openeing.  They will be used for extra paper if needed or what ever you want.  I used mine as definition cards to show UPSL.

Here's a look inside my problem solving book.

My students show examples of how to use the UPSL method when solving story problems.  Sorry mine is so messy.  I would love to hear of ways you could use this in your classroom.


  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing. We also use the UPSL method. I love using things like this. We made flip books and other things like that at the beginning of the year. I will be using this!

    Simply 2nd Resources

  2. This is a wonderful idea. I have used paper bags in scrapbooking but never thought to use it with teaching a lesson or as a center project. What do the letters UPSL stand for? I have used UPSC for-- Understand, Plan, Solve, and Check.

    Thanks for your sharing your tips!Happy Fourth of July!

  3. Cute idea! Thank you for sharing!

  4. UPSL is the same as UPSC except the L stands for look back and check your work. Thanks for commenting.

  5. This is such a great idea! I am excited to use it in my classroom!

  6. This is a neat idea! Thank you for explaining the steps on how to make it. I look forward to using them in my classroom.