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How I use Fortune Tellers by folding paper to Take Fun Notes in Math Class

Updated on June 8, 2012

How to Make a Fortune Teller

How to Make a Fortune Teller

I am more surprised when I student doesn't already know how to do this. Every time I teach this lesson I have students who instantly know how to make those lovely fortune tellers. I have found a way to take something that used to drive me crazy into a teaching tool.

Now it is time to think outside of the notebook and make note taking fun.

Turn it into a Note Taker

Okay so now the you have made the fortune teller it it time to turn it into something constructive.

One the outside of the fortune teller I write the topic that the fortune teller is about.

In my example I write Measures of Central Tendency. Yes I use those big words even for my 3rd and 4th graders. It is important to introduce those words of math at an early age and continue to use the same terminology.

On the inside I write the four items I am going to write about. Mean, Median, Mode, & Range.

Under each flap I write either my key word or definition of the item and an example. This one is for Mode - I write most because that tells my students it is the number the occurs the most and show an example.


Taking Math Notes Can Be Fun!

You can use this note taking method with almost any subject or idea. Every year I do it with a different topic so that the students whom I have had before still find it fun and interesting. This is a note taker that my students rarely lose and they really enjoy playing with them which allows them to see the notes more than they would if it was stuck inside a notebook.

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