General Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions are asked more than others -- find out the answers here. 

What are Foldables® and how do they work?

Foldables are three-dimensional graphic organizers that take complicated data and information and make it visual and kinesthetic.  The main idea is written on the outside and supporting facts/supplemental details are written under the tabs.  By chunking information in this way, students are encouraged to self-question/self-check as the Foldable is manipulated.  Foldables help students learn how to organize their thoughts.

What is a TCA Award?

Since 1994, Learning Magazine has sponsored the Teachers' Choice Awards program. Over the years, the program has become one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market, heralding the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-recommended products.

Each year, a team of teachers evaluates each product in the classroom, in categories including books, classroom supplies, educational games, software, websites, and more. These products are evaluated on quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation.

In 2014, the Professional Development Award was added to showcase excellence in Professional Development products. For the first annual Professional Development program, six winners were chosen based on their scores from the evaluations done by a panel of teachers across the country--two of those were Dinah's books.

Products from Dinah-Might Adventures (now Dinah.com) have received five Teachers' Choice Awards:

In 2014, we had two winners in the new, Professional Development category. Envelope Graphic Organizers shares ideas for adapting Dinah Zike's Foldables for use with new and repurposed envelopes of all sizes. Includes project idea starters, full-color photographs, and a DVD tutorial from Dinah. Also, Foldables and VKVs for Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (PK-3). In this 350-page book, Dinah introduces her Visual Kinesthetic Vocabulary (VKV) flashcards. Topics are arranged alphabetically, making this an easily-accessible reference for teachers of early language learners and ELL/ESL students. Includes directions for Dinah's Foldables.

In 2011, we had two winners in the For the Classroom category. Foldables, Notebook Foldables, and VKVs for Spelling & Vocabulary (4-12) offers another amazing classroom reference. Alphabetically arranged topics provide activities and word lists to build vocabulary.  Notebook Foldables for Spirals, Binders, and Composition Books offers something of a technical guide to interactive notebooks, including blank templates that can be customized using the included CD.

Dinah's first book,  Big Book of Books and Activities, now a retired title, was one of the first recipients of the Teachers' Choice Award in 1994.

What is notebooking?

Notebooking is a way to record some of the instructional activity that occurs during the learning process. Notebooking may utilize 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, or other notebook formats, but all represent student work during some instructional period.

What's the difference between independent and dependent Foldables?

Independent Foldables are self-contained within the paper used to construct them.

A dependent, or Notebook Foldable, requires the paper of the page on which it is attached to complete the Foldable.

I'm afraid my high school students will find Notebook Foldables babyish--are they really appropriate for upper level students?

So much depends on how Foldables and Notebook Foldables are introduced in the classroom! To be most effective, these are not treated as fun filler activities, but are the way we teach the abstract content of upper level classes (though they can be a lot of fun!). Let students know that these are tools to help their brains break down and master the complex and often abstract content of higher level coursework. Share how the visual and kinesthetic structure of the Foldable or Notebook Foldable actually helps chunk out the content. If you aren't sure how to do this, please check out our video library or consider joining us at a conference session, workshop, or the Dinah Zike Academy.

Why should I create an account in the online store?

We built in the possibility of user accounts for your convenience. By creating an account, you can keep track of your previous orders (really handy if you've been downloading lots of files!) and create a wishlist for future purchases. We don't have access to your account, it is just for you!