How to use Fortune Tellers as a Revision Aid.

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By making "fortune tellers", students will revise the key vocabulary and facts of a topic of your choice.

Most folk know how to make fortune tellers, and most teachers will have had to confiscate their share over the years - so why not use them in a positive way?

This project is most suitable younger pupils, those with poorer literacy skills, or those who are normally less-motivated in your subject.

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Step 1: What you need.

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If your kids know how to make fortune tellers, all you need is some squares of paper, which can be easily made from standard rectangular sheets.

You will also need an idea of what to put in the fortune teller.

I typically select twelve key words from the topic, focusing on words the class find hard to spell, or forget to use correctly.

Step 2: Make the Fortune Teller.

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I could tell you how to make one, or I could simple refer you to one of the several existing instructables on the subject.

I'll do the latter:

Some call them fortune tellers, others call them cootie catchers.  Use the Instructable you find easiest - you may want to show one of the video versions to the class, if they lack this traditional skill.

I have, though, included a selection of templates to show how to fill it in, or in case you want to create your own teller with pre-chosen content.
happy2bmom2 years ago
What a fantastic idea! I wish I would have thought of this when I was having trouble learning things in school, maybe I would have had an easier time! Thank you so much for sharing!
Kiteman (author)  happy2bmom2 years ago
Thank you for the kind words.
You're very welcome!
knocknock2 years ago
Awesome project. Hope to see more of these fortune tellers
karlpinturr2 years ago
"Fortune Tellers"... So that's what these are called (amongst other things)..? I've never known (I'm 47) and, oddly, never thought of trying to find out...

As I've been getting a lot of 'free psychic reading' offers lately, I thought your title might be referring to these people in some way ;-)

But, I like this better, and will forward the link to my sister, who home-schools her kids, as she always needs new ways to keep them interested.
Kiteman (author)  karlpinturr2 years ago

The less educational name is "cootie catchers".
wilgubeast2 years ago
That's an awesome idea.
Kiteman (author)  wilgubeast2 years ago
Thanks - I've been doing it for years, but when I needed to explain it to a colleague, I thought it was time to write up an instructable.