If you want more foldables after the Paper Maths session, run by the lovely @MsSteel_Maths, I can recommend this resource: Foldables by Dinah Zike
(Note: this pdf is widely available and a version of it is free to download from Dinah Zike’s website, however if you represent Ms Zike and there is a copyright issue please contact me in the comments below)
Proportion … it comes in so many forms and different students grasp different elements at different speeds. Differentiation hell!
What about a little resource that offers up 4x8x8 variations of question ranging from simple direct to proportion to inversely proportional to the square? It’s not a new app, it’s an old app – a fortune-teller snapdragon:
It’s been a while since I’ve done a step by step instruction post, so I thought I would share this lesson on questions and surveys.
To understand bias in questions
To consider how to structure answer options.
Exercise books or paper
Write out your usual headings: title, date, objective etc. Cut across the page to the spine. Stick the title page to the lower page.
Fold the lower half of the page in half and cut down the fold.
Fold the loose piece of paper into four equal pieces. Mark the fold positions in the book.
Draw horizontal lines across both the upper and lower pages. Cut the upper page to the spine along those lines to make four flaps.
Continue the horizontal lines on the lower page under the flaps
Label the flaps as shown
Give examples of bad questions, good questions, bad response boxes and good response boxes
Under each flap justify why each question or response is good or bad.
My class really enjoyed this activity – one of them even wrote it in their feedback. The following are examples from my class. You might even spot some RAG123 on their pages. Follow @ListerKev or search #rag123 on Twitter to find out more.
I’ve found that copying examples and methods into a useable revision resource can be tricky for younger pupils or those with concentration issues. They don’t refer back to their notes because they are either incomplete, unreadable, unfindable in their book or just lost.
I saw instructions for making simple books from a single sheet of paper and wondered if it was worth a try.
Non calculator percentage book
Making the book
Fold a sheet of paper into eight as shown. The sample here is A4, but I used A3 in class.
Cut along the middle two quarters (blue line in the picture) and fold in half lengthways.
Fold this into an X shape.
Arrange into a book.
Clearly label the cover – you want your pupils to find this easily.
As we filled in each page, I explained why we did each process. Because their books were larger, the bottom of their pages had questions too.
We covered 50%, 25%, 10%, 5%, 30% and the last page was a challenge/extension task: 17.5%.
The back page was left blank so that they could stick the mini-books into their exercise books.
This resource was designed to recap basic fraction skills as part of KS4 revision. The foldable covers:
1. Addition with common denominator
2. Addition with different denominators (butterfly method)
3. Subtraction with different denominators (butterfly method)
4. Subtraction with mixed numbers
6. Multiplication with mixed numbers
7. Division (reciprocal method)
8. Division of a whole number by a fraction
It also deals with equivalent fractions, simplifying and converting between mixed & improper fractions.
Each section has a title, method and example.
This is a draft ‘teacher’ version. My students made theirs look really good with different colours, highlighter and their own examples.
Note: this isn’t for teaching a full understanding of fraction manipulation, just summarising facts.