It's so easy and fun, even first graders can do it

By on June 2, 2014

Earlier this year, LiteracyTA released Cut N' Fold graphic organizers as a way to support and promote student engagement. The response was overwhelming. Many of our TA members wanted to use them in their classrooms. Since their release, we have added six more to the Skill Library. We have also added an inside page that can be copied on the back of the Cut N' Fold. 

Cut N' Folds are great for all ages. Students at the high school level enjoy cutting and folding paper as much as elementary school students. Here are a few pictures of Ms. Garrison's first grade students using Cut N' Folds. I have to admit, I was amazed to see how well these little guys did with this activity.

Students were responsible for cutting their own paper. Then, they reread their texts and independently identify textual details. Finally, students drew pictures that best represented the information on the inside of the Cut N' Fold.

Cut N' Folds are engaging for students, and Cut N' Folds can be used to assess reading comprehension and how well students follow directions. When the Cut N' Folds are complete, they can be used to decorate our classroom walls. 

To find Cut N' Folds...

  1. First, go to the Skill Library,
  2. Next, search under Working with Fiction or Non-Fiction,
  3. Then, under Analysis, click Organizing Information skills,
  4. Finally, click on an organizer, select middl/high or elementary tab, and scroll to the Instructions slide.

Join the conversation by posting what you have been doing with Cut N' Folds. Share your stories, your successes, and your false starts. We would love to learn from you.

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Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and large portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
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