Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blogger Showcase: Hooty's Homeroom

I am so excited to be introducing you to an amazing blogger! Her blog was one of the first that I followed and her button one of the first I added to my page. I know you will enjoy this post today! She has even offered a freebie at the end! 

Using Foldables

Hi, I’m Hooty from Hooty’s Homeroom and I’m guest blogging today.  I want to share my love of  foldables with you.  I am so thankful that Dinah Zike created the concept of interactive notetaking.  She is amazing!  I use foldables so much in my classroom that it becomes second nature to my kids.  I can hand them a piece of paper and tell them what kind of foldable I want and they go right to town. 
It does take time for 3rd graders to become folding masters so I like to start the year off with templates.  One of the templates I use the most is for flaps.  The number of flaps I use varies depending on the information being learned.  I’ve added flaps to composition books and to other projects such as paper bag books and envelope books.

This is a science foldable we added to our paper bag matter books.  I had the kids describe the properties of a Tootsie Roll using their 5 senses.

I created this map elements template to use in our map book created from a manila envelope.

This rounding template was added to our math journals. 

I plan to use this prefix template when we study prefixes this year.

There are so many uses for flaps in note taking.   I’m including a flap template for you if you’re interested in giving it a try.  There are text boxes for you to type in or you can delete the text and add clip art.  The template is in Word format.  When viewed through Google Drive the formatting looks off but it downloads correctly.

Here’s the link:

Hooty's homeroom
I have been teaching for 19 years and have taught 2nd-5th grades. I've spent the last 8 years teaching 3rd grade in a rural title 1 school in Texas. I love using technology in the classroom and at home. I have been bitten by the journaling/notebooking bug. I think Dinah Zike is amazing! I'm married to a high school English teacher and have two wonderful daughters. My free time is spent blog hopping and reading.  I recently added coaching soccer to my list.  What was I thinking?!  Even though I really want to simplify my life, I've decided to add blogging to my already hectic life.  You only live once, right?

I {puffy heart} love these ideas! I admit that I hadn't realized all of the wonderful manipulatives you can create from office supplies! Head on over to Hooty's Homeroom and follow her amazing blog! You won't regret it!


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