How You Can Make a W-Shaped (or an M-Shaped) Accordion Style Foldable

Feel free to use the images and/or video to help your students create their w-shaped accordion foldable.




You need enough copy paper and writing utensils for your class.

It is important to create your foldable ahead of time, that way you aren’t trying to come up with something on the spot.

I find it very helpful to have multiple foldables with various states of completion. That way, you can show a little at a time, but don’t have to worry about writing everything down while your students are.

Now that you don’t have to spend all of your time in the same spot writing, you can monitor your class better by moving around the room.  Take this opportunity to make sure everyone is on task and that no one needs help.

Do you want to print the above pictures?  Get a free PDF here!


Check out some foldables that I made using this template:




Invisible Math

Math is invisible?  What does that mean?

Well, these parts of math aren’t really invisible, but we do have plenty of 1’s that like to hide and only pop out when needed.

For example:                        y = 1y                              or                        -m = -1m

Last week my student’s were combining like terms, so it was crucial that they recognized those invisible 1’s.

On Friday, I was looking through some old interactive notebooks, and came across a few pages titled, “Invisible Math” from the beginning of semester 1.  Here is what the handout looks like:


How can you use this handout?

  • Three-whole punch this handout and give to students for them to put in their binders.
  • For teachers using interactive math notebooks, you have a few options.
    • Option 1:  have students cut out the cards and paste into their interactive notebook
    • Option 2:  have students fold in have and paste into the notebook.

If you want to download the full size posters, you can do so here.


Coordinate Plane Foldable

This is an example of a coordinate plane foldable for use in an interactive math notebook.

How can you make it?

First, make sure that you cut your graph paper so it is a perfect square.  Next, fold all four corners to the middle. Write the Quadrant Numbers on the Outside.  Then, draw an x- and y-axis on the inside.  After that, show examples of points in all quadrants and on the x- and y- axis.  Be sure to include the positive and negative directions.

To get the first picture that says, “Coordinate Plane”, fold quadrants I and II down on top of quadrants III and IV. This foldable takes up hardly any space in your interactive math notebook when it is complete.  It is a great resource to refer to all year!

Check out these pictures:


where to glue the foldable into the ISN

where to glue the foldable into the ISN

what the inside of the foldable looks like

what the inside of the foldable looks like

cover of foldable

quadrants of the coordinate plane

Looking for some free resources?  Check out the free downloads page.

Would you like some FREE reproducible blank coordinate planes?

How about even more FREE reproducible blank coordinate planes?

Do you want a template to create this foldable?

Read more about reproducible coordinate planes here and here.