One afternoon I was cutting out, folding, stapling, and labeling my own version of small books from construction paper, and my teaching partner started laughing at me. Let me back up on a couple points: I love having students take their own notes in fun ways to keep them engaged. Also, my teaching partner is basically my polar opposite. Don't get me wrong, he could not be a kinder person or more compassionate educator, but we teach very differently. He's also a coach with 20 years teaching experience, so truly, we are very different in our approaches to the classroom, but I think it pushes both of us, and I learned so much from him this year...he was very patient with me! Back to my story, though, he said I needed to stop hand-crafting note-taking materials, and he showed me this fun tool he keeps in his bag of tricks. I've used little books ever since for math notes, keeping track of parts of speech, defining vocab terms, and most recently, my summer CCD class used them to define and illustrate a symbol for each of the seven sacraments we discussed. They loved learning something new, and I love that by the end of the year, my students were constructing these without instructions to keep easy notes. I think they should start education classes with this tutorial!
2. Open the page to lay it flat.
3. Make a hamburger fold.
4. Staying with the "hamburger fold," bring the apex of both visible folds together.
5. With the book opened in half, cut from the folded side along the crease to the center fold. (This is the step that students mess up and end up with eight pieces of paper instead of a folded book.)
6. Make sure you cut on the right sides!
7. Open the page.
8. Folding once more on your hot dog fold, bring the book together, accordion style.
9. Fold all creases to complete your book...get to work!