4 fun and easy foldables for the French classroom

4 fun and easy foldables for the French classroom

When I was a junior elementary student, I remember volunteering at recess to help the kindergarten teacher prepare materials for her classes. I would colour pictures, laminate and cut out work booklets for the students. She always had some prep work that would keep us busy. 


Today, we teachers don’t do typically do this type of prep work often as school has become more student-centred. I like to teach my students to make their own little booklets to use as study tools and project templates. I wanted to teach YOU how you can show your students how to make these too!


Most students love making these and I find them to be more engaged rather than if I provided a photocopied sheet to complete. Today, I want to share with you the instructions on how to make 4 fun and easy foldable tools that your students can use in the French classroom to enhance their learning. All you need to get started in a piece of paper, scissors and a stapler! Have FUN!


Foldable #1 – The 8-page mini-book


TEACHER TIP:Create this sweet little foldable that can be used to write verb conjugations, write and illustrate a short story, or to illustrate and name themed vocabulary. Follow the steps below.


Step 1. Start with a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper. Fold the paper once in half lengthwise (horizontally).

Step 2. Fold the paper in half across itself. 

Step 3. Repeat. Fold the paper in half one more time. 

Step 4. Open your paper and lay it flat. You will be able to see 8 rectangles folded on the paper. Cut along the line in just the 2 middle sections (see photo).

Step 6. Fold the paper back in half lengthwise. 

Step 7. Hold the ends of the paper and push them together. The hole that you’ve cut in the middle to push out, creating pages of a booklet.

Step 8. Fold the booklet in half and you will have a fun little mini-book to use!


Check out THESE vocabulary mini-books from my TPT shop! 

Click the photo to see the resource!



Foldable # 2- Coin-Coin


TEACHER TIP:This fun ‘fortune-teller’ is a great addition to the French classroom. They can be used to review vocabulary or encourage discussions! Follow the directions below to make your own!


Step 1. Start with an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Take the bottom corner of the paper and fold it diagonally until it meets the other side of the paper and press the crease flat. Cut off the extra paper. When you open the paper it will now be a square.


Step 3. Fold the square in half diagonally and then unfold. You will have made an ‘x’ crease on the square.


Step 4. Take one corner of the paper and fold it in to the centre. Repeat for all 4 corners.


Step 5. Flip the square over to the back and then fold each corner in again to the centre as you did in step 4.


Step 6. Fold the paper in half. You will have made 4 ‘pockets’ in the paper.


Step 7. Place your fingers in the pockets of paper and the ‘coin-coin’ will form!

Have your students write on the exterior and interior tabs to play! 


Foldable # 3- flip-book

TEACHER TIP:This easy flip-book makes an interactive study tool or a fun way to display a project! Follow the steps below.


Step 1. Lay 3 sheets of paper on top of each other- overlapping while leaving 1 inch of space.


Step 2. Fold all of the sheets over in half to form the flaps.


Step 3. Secure the flip-book with 3 staples across the top.


Check out THESE flip-book resources from my TPT shop!

Click the photo to see the resource!


Foldable # 4 – notebook

TEACHER TIP: Use these foldable notebooks to record important notes, create illustrated stories, or report on a researched topic!


Step 1. Fold a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper in half lengthwise.


Step 2. Then, fold the paper in half vertically.


Step 3. Open the paper and cut it in half through the long fold. You will now have 2 identical long rectangles.


Step 4. Take one of the long rectangles and make a 1-inch cut on each side of the centre fold. 

(see photo).


Step 5. Take the other rectangle and make a cut in the centre of the fold, leaving 1 inch on either side. (see photo).


Step 6. Take the first rectangle and carefully fold (without creasing) and feed it through the hole that you have cut on the second long rectangle.


Step 7. Fold all pages together to form your notebook!

I hope that you enjoyed learning about foldable for the French classroom and that these ideas are useful to you. Be sure to subscribe to my bi-weekly newsletter to get access to exclusive freebies and great teaching tips for French teachers!



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