Teaching Tip Tuesday: Cootie Catchers

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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. ┬áSince 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?