I have continued to spend time thinking about how to use foldables in my school counseling program. I teach students about a different character trait each month during classroom guidance at my school. My latest idea is this four flapped foldable where students can list or illustrate the different ways they show respect.
Whenever I discuss the character trait respect with my students, I always make sure they understand that it can be shown in many different ways. Many times, the focus is on how to show respect to others by saying that respect is “treating others the way you want them to treat you.” To extend this, we discuss how to show respect at school and at home. We also include showing respect to the Earth. So when I came across this foldable style, I thought it would work well to teach respect. It can be adapted to fit the needs of lower or upper elementary students.
First, I folded the paper the long way leaving a small section for writing on the side.
Next, I folded the paper in half.
Afterwards, you can fold it in half again to make the four sections. Because I used card stock for my sample foldable, I folded each side to the center.
Once it is opened, you can cut across the folds on the shorter side to make the four flaps.
Across the bottom, I will have the students write “This is how I show respect!” On the flaps, they will write “To Others,” “At School,” “At Home,” and “To the Earth.” The students will also be able to draw a simple illustration on the front side of the flap.
Under each flap, younger students can draw a picture showing how they will show respect. Older students can list a variety of ways to show the trait in each area. You could also have students write an idea under the flap and then illustrate the idea at the top (behind the flap).
You could use this foldable for other traits too.
- Responsibility- How I show it at school, home, with my things, and with other’s property
- Courage- Illustrate or write about four examples of times you showed courage.
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