At the end of the day today I sat down to make something for tomorrow. Initially I had not planned on making a foldable, but after jotting down some notes I saw that it fit nicely into one.
Before even thinking about what I wanted to do, I sketched out what I want kids to be able to do. In this case, I want them to be able to define a variable and write an equation from a verbal scenario. After doing the problem myself, I looked at the process and chunked it into three main parts (the circles I drew): interpreting the word problem, defining the variables, and then writing the equation. So I figured a foldable with three parts would be best.
Then I just made a really rough draft of the foldable. Pretty isn't it?
For this, I put the directions on the left side of the flaps and the work on the right side.
Next I made it in the computer using PowerPoint. I also decided when I made it that I wanted the directions to be in a different font from the problem so that it is easy to see that they are different. (random fact: the font on the left side is actually my own handwriting that I turned into a font using the iPad iFontMaker app)
Then I print it out and make sure everything works out. For this one, I wasn't happy with the spacing on the problem because it was so close that it was difficult to really circle the words. So for the final copy I fixed that.
In addition, I set up my page headings tonight. Usually I would complete my copy of the foldable and tape it in, but I'll be printing these on colored paper tomorrow and I want to make sure that mine matches what the kids will have. So instead I'll create my own copy tomorrow morning and make sure that I have it all done before I teach it tomorrow.
When teaching this tomorrow, I will use a projector and put up the inside of the foldable. I will have kids box things in and highlight EXACTLY like I do and make sure to model exactly what I want them to do. I want to make sure that their foldables are useful so I'm very careful to make sure they get things down correctly here.
And here's the foldable: