Happy August my teacher friends! School is just around the corner in my neck of the woods. Today marks the end of the Undercover Classroom Summer Fold-a-thon. Thanks so much for following along! I have really enjoyed showing you my favorite foldable teaching tools. I hope that you have learned something new along the way.
In this post, I would like to show you how to make an accordion envelope book. If you are still recovering from the stretch book (haha), have no fear because this one is super easy. 🙂
Accordion envelope books are full of pockets, which makes them perfect for holding flash cards or pieces of folded paper. One nice thing about this book is that you can easily adjust the size by adding more (or fewer) envelopes. If you are studying a topic that can be divided into five parts, use five envelopes. If you have ten sets of leveled flashcards, use ten envelopes.
I get my envelopes at the dollar store. Depending on the project, I use either the small or large (business-sized) letter envelopes. For really special projects, I sometimes splurge on colored envelopes.(Please note that this is an Amazon affiliate link which means that I will receive compensation if you make a purchase using this link.)
To make an accordion envelope book, you will need to glue the envelopes together by the flaps. Open up the first envelope and give the flap a good coat of glue.
Place the next envelope on top as shown and press to seal. Try your best to line it up right on the fold line. That way it will bend easily in the last step.
Continue to glue the flaps and attach the envelopes.
Add as many envelopes as you need for your project. I used six for this envelope book.
This is what it looks like from the back.
Now, just bend back and forth to make an accordion.
Here is another view.
And one more look from up above.
Write a title on the front of your accordion envelope book as shown. Now you are ready to fill up the pockets with all kinds of valuable content! Get those creative juices flowing! The sky is the limit!
I made a few accordion envelope kits that you might like to check out. Here’s the one I use during the first week of school. Everything is ready to print and go!
|Click image to view the Back to School Accordion Envelope|
I also had some fun making this accordion envelope kit that teaches students how to write seven different forms of poetry.
|Click image to view the Pockets of Poetry Accordion Envelope|
Even though the Fold-a-thon is over, be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks. I have some more projects in the works and can’t wait to share them with you! 🙂