FLAP BOOK FUNDAMENTALS
Lift-the-flap books are fun for students from kindergarten to college!
A few folds, a few cuts, and – voila! – you’ve got a graphic organizer that can be used for any type of two-part response.
- Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise (hot dog fold).
- Then fold it in half crosswise (hamburger fold) twice, so that the paper is folded in eight.
- Place the paper in front of you with the fold at the top and the opening at the bottom.
- Cut on each top fold line only to the center fold, so that the bottom is one solid piece and the top consists of four flaps.
- The flap book may be used horizontally or vertically.
THIRTEEN PROMPTS FOR TWO-COLUMN FLAP BOOKS
A flap book is just a variation of two-column notes, with one part of the response written on the front of the flap and the other part of the response under the flap. You can two-part flap books in a whole range of ways for writing about reading, such as:
- I read/I wonder
- I read/I think or interpret
- I wonder/I think (or I know)
- Figurative language/What it means
- Tricky words/Meanings
- Key ideas/Supporting details
- Topic Sentences/Supporting details
- Character/Decisions or dilemmas
- What the text says/What I think
- What’s Important/What’s interesting
- What I Knew/What is New
- Opinion/Support or proof
FOUR-SQUARE CHARACTER FOLDABLE
You can make a versatile graphic organizer by simply folding a piece of paper in four. Add another fold or two and it can serve a range of purposes.
1. Fold a piece of paper in half (“hamburger” fold) and in half again (“hot dog” fold) to create four sections.
2. At the point where the two folded edges meet, fold up a small triangle.
3. When unfolded, the paper will have four sections with a diamond in the middle.
4. Fold up another triangle to make an additional section in each quarter.
5. If you’d like, you can fold a narrow strip (about 1 inch or 2.5 cm) across the top and bottom of the page to add headings to each section.
6. Write the character’s name in the centre diamond. Write a character trait in each of the four sections around the diamond. In the four large quarters, write evidence from the text to support the character traits.