I created this translating algebra keywords foldable for my Algebra 1 students to glue in their interactive notebooks.
Since we’ll be using this translating algebra keywords chart ALL year long, I wanted to glue this chart into our notebook in such a way that we can reference it easily. That’s how I came up with this Translating Algebra Foldable.
To achieve this, I had my students tri-fold the chart. When we’re not using the chart, it lays in tri-folded form on a left-hand page in our notebooks.
When we need to reference it, it folds out of our notebooks. As you can see, the blank section is glued into our notebooks.
The awesome thing about this is later in the year, we’ll still be able to see the chart no matter what page we’re on in our notebook.
Here’s our chart when not in use.
Note the “turn around” words at the bottom. These are the phrases that tell students to switch the order from how it is written between word form and algebra form. I’ve used this strategy for several years, but this is the first time I’ve ever given my students the “turn around” phrase in print with students. Now, my students are continually reminding each other, “Hey, don’t forget it’s a turn around word!” which is just music to a math teacher’s ears!
Students might want to reference this foldable when working on activities such as my Translating Algebra Around the Room Activity.