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3-Dimensional Graphic Organizers

Written by iamhomeschooling.com.

These interactive 3-D graphic organizers, coined Foldables by Dinah Zike—who is known for inventing and developing these hands-on manipulatives, are three-dimensional study organizers used by teachers, parents, and students of all ages everywhere.  Foldables can be used for note-taking, student-directed projects, study organizers, alternative assessments, and more, and can include graphs, charts, tables, diagrams, images—the possibilities are endless.  The making of these organizers is fun and they can be used in any subject in your child's curriculum.   We've put together a few of our favorite resources below.


Websites Offering "HowTo's" and Printable Templates

United States History: Connecting the Past to the Present was developed by the Virginia Department of Education to support the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877 and United States History: 1877 to the Present.  Here you will find instructional activities using foldable templates that were modeled after the folding techniques of Dinah Zike along with example photographs.

Catawba County Schools offers printable PDF files for making shutters, matchbooks, envelopes, layered books, shape and accordion books, charts and tables, lapbooking, door folds, tri-folds, and vocabulary books.  Just right click on a section and save the file to your computer to view.

Get in the Fold! is a helpful blog that teaches concepts through wonderful children's literature and Dinah Zike's amazing Foldables® .

See also: Foldable Organizer Templates*

A Few Books We Recommend

Super Social Studies!Super Social Studies! Quick & Easy Activities, Games, and Manipulatives.  This book is divided into three sections: Map and Geography Activities, Timeline Activities, and Research and Reporting Activities. This great resource has 50 creative, hands-on activities including games, puzzles, step and pop-up books, mobiles, trioramas, paper chains, and more.  (Grades 4-8)

Books Don't Have to Be Flat!Books Don't Have to Be Flat! Innovative Ways to Publish Students' Writing in Every Curriculum Area.  Includes 10 exciting activities to correspond to the months in a traditional school year.  Learn to make baggie books, a story-in-a-can, box books, and hanger books to name a few.  Includes ideas for using these activities across the curriculum, as well as a special thematic unit--Children Around the World: A Multicultural Study--that demonstrates how you can fit these individual activities into a complete unit study.  (Grades 3-6 )

Foldables by Dinah ZikeSocial Studies Foldables™ by Dinah Zike.  This book includes an introduction to Foldables, folding instructions, and social studies topics ideas divided into three categories: General Social Studies Topics (Grades 1--4), United States History Topics (Grade 5), and World History Topics (Grade 6). Each category includes lists of activities you can use to augment your lesson plans. (Grades 1-6)

Dinah Zike's Teaching Science with FoldablesDinah Zike's Teaching Science with Foldables™  This book includes an introduction to Foldables, folding instructions, and science activities using foldables divided into four categories:  Physical Science/Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, and Life Science/Biology.  There is no recommended grade level specified on this book, however we feel the topics covered are mostly appropriate for middle and high school students.

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