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Using Chatterboxes as a Revision Tool

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I used to love making these as a kid! They have a few different names (cootie catcher, fortune teller) but I’ve always known them as chatterboxes.

They are a fun toy but can also be a great way for students to practice math facts, sight words, spelling & vocabulary, revise a unit of work, test their comprehension of a text or even provide a story starter.

I have a book of multiplication chatterboxes that are photocopiable. However, as a relief teacher, you don’t always have access to a photocopier. Instead it is easy enough for students to make their own. Plus, I think students are more likely to remember the facts they are practicing if they actually write them out themselves!

Here’s one I made to revise Australian capital cities:

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Charlotte’s Web:

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Times Table Facts:

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Just in case you can’t remember how to make them, here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Fold over the corner of a an A4 piece of paper to make a large triangle. Cut off the rectangle bit on the side & put into the scrap paper box.

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2. Open up the piece of paper & fold over the other corner to make a triangle. Open up again to reveal these creases.

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3. Fold each corner into the centre.

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4. Turn the paper over and then fold the corners into the centre again.

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5. Cut down the centre of each of the 4 triangle flaps, to create 8 smaller flaps.

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6. Flatten all the flaps down and fold the paper in half.

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7. Place your thumbs and forefingers in the four openings. Push open and then in towards the centre to manipulate into shape.

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8. Flatten again, to write out facts or questions.

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Done! And ready to play!

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For some more ideas & free printable chatterboxes you can also check out this fantastic page:
http://www.teachjunkie.com/holidays/winter/christmas/17-quick-cootie-catcher-printables-lesson-plans/

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