I use fans a lot as desktop/folder memory resources for facts and information that students need handy, helping make them independent learners.
The novelty of fans makes them successful!
I have a set for the class that I have printed and laminated. After printing, cut, laminate and re-cut. Then I've punched holes and assembled together with a split pin, or brass brad.
These are great resources for students to have on desks or in folders for reference, until they memorize the facts. They close up into a tidy stack. The children love the novelty of them, and are often looking, touching and playing with them, and so they are becoming familiar with the facts.
Each child also has one that he/she assembled. The student copies were printed on card, but I don't laminate them. Younger children 6-7 may need assistance punching the holes.
All fans don't have to be the same; only give students the blades you want each individual to have. So if you haven't discussed division yet, leave those blades until later. I use the blades as incentives; once a student learns a table, I give them the next blades to add to their fan. They think it is a reward!
This fan is now part of a BUNDLE
Math reference FAN BUNDLE
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