Reflection: Routines and Procedures Matter - Section 1: Introduction


Foldables are a great resource to use in science class.  I use them several times throughout the school year as a way to help students organize information in a creative way.  This is especially helpful for visual learners who can remember the relationship between the various concepts on the foldable.  

A great resource concerning foldables is Dinah Zike's Big Book of Science For Middle School and High School where she has LOTS of examples of how to use foldables in science class.  Her book is available online from multiple places including amazon.

When I have students perform foldables in my class I find it MUCH easier to pre-make the foldables for them using my paper cutter.  This is for several reasons:

1. It takes me virtually no time to do this, but it takes students a good 5 minutes of class to make their cuts

2. Many students make mistakes, and although they aren't always perfectionists when I care (for example with their lab reports), they get frustrated and want to redo their foldable if they have the cuts uneven or too long, etc.  This results in my going through additional paper (and it taking more time).

This Video explains how I make folders for my students.

  Routines and Procedures: Foldables
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Unit 2: Unit 2: Matter, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to identify the four major states of matter, classify matter, and compare chemical versus physical changes as evidenced by taking notes, making a foldable, filling in a concept map, and watching a demo.

Big Idea: Matter can be classified and changes forms both chemically and physically.

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