After doing lessons on each of the 5 vertebrate animal classifications, I needed a way to assess my students in a manner that was fun, and allowed their creativity to shine through. I have found that creating a foldable helps my class better understand the information by scaffolding the information. I make the blank ones in advance, this save time during class.I've included a very short video of how to put one together, just remember to staple the foldable at the crease, if not it's difficult for the students to work with them.
I created the classification Foldable Organizer,the students used for the foldable. I find that using an organizer gives them direction on what needs to be on each page, I pre-plan by printing two organizers on each page, and then cutting them and having them ready to use before the lesson begins, this helps immensely with time management. I always go over the rubric, in this case, the Vertebrate Foldable Rubric with my students before they begin a task. This way, if they ask me "Is this good?" I tell them to check the rubric. If they follow the rubric they will be successful. Eventually they ask each other before completing, "Did you check the rubric?" I always have my students use headings, as can be seen on the foldable cover, and subheadings. I have my students label all drawings, as can be seen here on the completed organizer page. Not only is labeling a scientific practice, but at times, it helps me understand what they have drawn and whether it explains the concept.
My students can only use their notebooks to find the information. In every lesson I stress the importance of keeping up to date notes and updating theirScience Notebook Table of Contents each time we cover new information goes a long way to helping them complete this task.
As my students complete their foldable, I encourage them to go online and search for one animal, for each classification, by searching google images. I have them use the search tools option and then choose Google Image Search for line drawing. This will bring up pictures that can be colored. They then copied and pasted them on to a powerpoint slide. There are several reasons why I have them do this. First, they have to copy, paste and resize, because all 5 images have to fit on the one slide. They will be creating powerpoint slides in future lessons and this gives them some practice. Secondly, it gives them practice conducting a google search. They quickly learn that they need to be specific, in other words, they don't need to type a whole sentence to find the image they need. Thirdly, it helps students stay on task while creating the foldable. They all want to enhance their foldable with cut out pictures they chose themselves. Lastly, it saves ink! Just remember to check that "safe search" is set on your google search engine, you don't want any surprises!
I have also included the Vertebrate Foldable Rubric as a word doc so that you can adjust it to fit the needs of your class.