Cool Folder!

So, we had our district-wide staff development day today, and we learned more about our new math curriculum and our new Investigations math textbooks.  Our afternoon presenter (yikes…can’t remember her name!) showed us how to make these clever folders. I think of it more as a little wallet.  Either way, I thought it was neat, so I ran home and made one so I wouldn’t forget. She recommended using them for “combination” or math fact cards.  One side would be facts students are working on, and the other side would be for facts they have mastered.  I thought these would also be handy for word work stations, too.  This is the finished product: 

It starts with a  pain ‘ol pocket folder: 
Next, you fold it in half at the pocket. The top (white) part will be the flaps. 
Next, you grab a plate (or something big and round) to trace a half circle. I used a cake pan. 
Fold the it back in half, and cut the rounded part off…  
It should look like this when you open it up:
Next, you fold down the flaps.  Our presenter recommended adding Velcro dots to keep the flaps down. I am not sure I will do this for my kids, but I can see why she would do that, especially if there were a lot of little pieces to contain.  
 Fold in half and… Ta-da! A nifty pocket wallet!! YAY! 

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  1. says

    I’ve used this for several years. Often times it was for leveled readers. This year for Daily Language Review and Daily Math Review (1/2 sheet packets). I learned it at a rubber stamp party at least 15 years ago! 🙂

  2. Anonymous says

    Love this for my 4 yr old preschool classes….. so many possibilities…. alphabet (capital and lower case), numbers (numbers and on the other side cards with objects to match to number). My mind is racing with ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Anonymous says

    Thank you. This is going to be what I keep my loose pieces from my geometry INB’s in. Sometimes we don’t get finished, and I know the kids and I hate when pieces go missing. This will certainly prevent that. We can also use it for the suggested flash cards. Geometry has a ton of vocabulary. I am so lucky I found this. Wish I had it 15 years ago. Thanks again.

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