Building a foldable is a creative, 3-dimensional activity that can make it easier to remember complex concepts. We created one which organises and explains the phases of mitosis. Here’s how you can make your own:
First, think about how many concepts you want to include in your foldable. That will determine how many sections, quadrants or folds you create. For example, to make our mitosis foldable, we used one sheet of Post-it® Big Pad and created a diamond shape with four quadrants, one for each mitosis phase. (Simply remove one sheet from the Post-it® Big Pad, and with the adhesive/sticky side down, fold in the four quadrants so the corners meet in the centre of the sheet.)
Use Post-it® Notes to create layers and include more information in your foldable. For example, we sketched out what each mitosis phase looks like on one layer and wrote a description of each phase on another.
Label the sections of your foldable with Post-it® Page Markers. Try matching each label colour to the Post-it® Notes on the inside to keep the information organised. Associating a colour with each concept may help you recall information during a test.
When your foldable is complete, you can close up all the sections and quiz yourself on the concepts you’ve just learned. Now you have a great study tool you can use to prepare for a test. Plus, you can make foldables for just about any topic, so use them in other classes to help make remembering tough concepts easier.