Foldables as Assessments?

Posted by Maria Contreras at 10/26/2014 5:00:00 PM

This year I have started to use foldables for science and math. I found it to be a great way to introduce new concepts. I have also found that it works better for me if I use construction paper as shutter folds for all the content of the topic. These foldables are kept in their binders, and the students take these out when needed for assistance or centers. One thing I found out was that when I would use journals, the students did not revisit the content and many of the pages would get lost. Another benefit I found was that the students were excited to take them home and show the parents what they are learning. It has also been beneficial in using it as an accommodation for my special education students, because it served as notes.
 Now I am wondering, has anybody used it for assessments? I can see how this is possible, but I'm not sure if it is something that has to be given to them ahead of time (a week in advance). Should I have them work on it in pairs or individually?