Foldables (also known as manipulatives) are 3D graphic organisers that engage students in visual and kinaesthetic learning.


Students fold, cut, write, draw and manipulate information while collecting, recording, evaluating and communicating data.


  • Foldables help students chunk information, improve comprehension and vocabular and promote high order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and understanding.
  • Foldables support Dr Robert Marzano's 9 high-yielding strategies which include identifying similarities and differences, non-linguistic¬† representations, summarising and note taking, setting objectives and providing feedback.
  • Foldables learning strategies are transferable to other subjects, topics and concepts and work especially well with literacy and numeracy.
  • Foldables can be integrated into Interactive Science Note Books.
  • Foldables also present an opportunity to reinforce geometric and mathematical language and concepts while demonsrating folding techniques: rectangles, squares, triangles, half, thirds, quarters etc.

Foldables often have flaps that can be lifted to reveal information. Here are some examples of basic folds. Be creative!