Students will tab each section according to the themes we study: food, animals and activities. A fourth tab will be for a running dictionary, which can be kept alphabetically or thematically.
For teachers other than Spanish, tabs can divide each unit or can focus on a more conceptual approach. The dictionary piece can be more like a glossary.
Students make the foldable in class, following careful direction in Spanish, picking up words and phrases as they go. Once cut, students complete the foldables at home so they are ready for use in class the next day. Students work in pairs or small groups using their foldables and practicing their vocabulary. The more they practice, the less they need them! Even better, students can use the foldables to practice at home on their own or with their parents.
After a few days of use, the foldables are glued into their books. They are now part of an ongoing portfolio of the year's work that can be accessed at any time. Students can refer back to their foldables and IN for information, vocabulary, or just to practice.
While the use of the foldables has been great, I am hoping to expand my IN in the coming years to include in-class activities, sorting tasks, notes pages and more. The IN becomes a portfolio for all the students have learned.