So this past Friday, I did my first foldable with students.
In my Algebra 1 B class, which is basically the first "semester" of Algebra 1 that covers writing and solving equations, slope and graphing linear equations, etc., we had a lesson on writing equations from words. Before we got into the examples, we did the foldable reviewing the key words that indicate addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. So, I decided Thursday after school to do a foldable on it based on Sarah's blog post (see the portion about translating algebraic expressions).
To fill in the outside with words that describe the math operations, I asked students to call out words that they remember. They came up with some that we didn't! Some examples:
Half (times 1/2 or divided by 2)
Greater than (adding)
Take away (subtracting)
Of (mulitply...full disclosure, I added that one)
Tomorrow, I plan on doing 'to the square inch's system of equations foldable with my Algebra 1 C class (2nd "semester" that covers systems of equations, exponent rules, etc.). I bought colored printer paper for the occasion because the colored paper selection in the office is somewhat limited and I liked the bright colors shown on the blog post. I will update with the results from tomorrow.
Update: The students really seemed to enjoy this activity. They even referred to the foldable when we did example problems. I even talked with some of the students about color with a purpose. One student said, "I should start color coding from now on instead of randomly using highlighters!"
Also, in an attempt at procrastinating from grading review work for tomorrow, I decided to make a few posters based on word press' mathsmith's post.
And, finally, this past weekend, I did a screenshot from homestarrunner.com's teen girl squad when I noticed this:
This is now my twitter profile picture.