Teaching Tip Tuesday: Cootie Catchers

Maybe I’m feeling a little nostalgic, but do you remember the paper origami fortune-tellers from when you were a kid? Those were so much fun!

Since they were so much fun, I thought maybe we could figure out a way to use them in the classroom. Guess what!!?? Someone has a blog with a blank template and different educational cootie catchers:
http://downloadablecootiecatchers.wordpress.com/

vocab cootie

Here are some ideas of how it could be used:
1) foldable with vocabulary words or terms, concepts, definitions, examples, or illustrations of the concept.
2) different tasks for students to compete.
3) discussion questions or writing prompts for students.
integer-rules-cootie-catcher

Here is a great example of how a high school Biology teacher used cootie catchers as a unit review assignment:
http://www.mariacarrillohighschool.com/Teachers/MargaretSwarner/AcBiology/ClassDocuments/Handouts/PSN%20and%20CR%20Compare/Cootie%20Catcher%20Unit%205%20and%20%206%20Review.pdf

I can see lots of other creative possibilities for this retro foldable.  Since it’s the end of the year, I challenge you to try something wacky and new that you might not normally do! How can you push yourself and your students in our final stretch?

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3 thoughts on “Teaching Tip Tuesday: Cootie Catchers

  1. This is great! I had a student make one last year by choice (my instructions were, “using whatever product you want, present all of the content on unions and intersections”) and it was amazing! Still have it up on the wall.

    Thanks for including the math example, too. 🙂

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