Foldables in a New Way

In 21 years of teaching Geometry, I have amassed quite the collection of resources and strategies for my toolkit. One of my favorites for vocabulary acquisition was the foldable. For those who do not remember folding and cutting paper to make tabs, here is an example from years ago for parallel lines and transversals.


Foldable with 8 tabs for angle relationships made by parallel line and transversals
Old School Foldable for angle relationships made by parallel lines and transversals
Inside view of a foldable for parallel lines and angle relationships.
Inside view of the foldable.

In a 1 to 1 iPad district, I wanted a way to allow students the same type of study tool in a more accessible way than paper. I was able to use Keynote to create a foldable that could export as a pdf. I could post the pdf in Canvas for students to open in Notability. Students can write on the foldable and use it as a vocabulary tool without losing the paper. Here is a screen-recording of the movement of the tabs. As a student taps towards the center line of the tabs they want to open, it appears to open.

I am attaching a sample template of a smaller foldable. It is a diamond shape with 4 “tabs”. After customization, export as a .pdf. #dptech


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Posted on February 27, 2024

We have many teachers moving toward digital notebooks but they still want to keep the interactivity elements of their paper notebooks - I know several will appreciate this. Thanks for the idea and the template to get started!

Posted on February 27, 2024

Creative and cool! Thanks for the example - and another super use of Keynote!

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