Creative Hashtag Foldable: Friday’s T.I.P. (Technique Into Practice)

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Creative Hashtag Foldable

Every day, I have the pleasure of visiting the classrooms of some very creative teachers so I thought I would start sharing some of the wonderful ideas I get to see.  Hopefully, they will touch a creative “spark” and give you some ideas for use in your own classroom.

This particular activity could be used in MANY different ways, in a variety of subjects or grade levels.  I saw it used in a Forensic Science class (11th and 12th grade).  The students just LOVED it! Every student was mindfully engaged, especially when they were competing with each other to have the most “creative” concise and humorous answer.  The best part was that it allowed the teacher to immediately formatively assess the depth of student understanding in a fun way. I loved the idea because it sparked so much interest, promoted some amazing conversation among the students, and allowed them to be creative using something they were familiar with…. hashtags.

Um……Hashtag?hashtag um

What is a hashtag you ask?  A hashtag is a # followed by a label (or “tag”).  It is used in social media settings such as Twitter, blogs, and sometimes Facebook to label groups or topics. It is very familiar to kids but maybe not as familiar to adults, unless we are regular participants in social media sites.  It is often used (sometimes somewhat sarcastically) to characterize something using a word or short phrase~ Students tend to LOVE using this method. 🙂 Think of it as a bullet-point summary.

hashtag usedSince using hashtags might be more familiar to kids than it is to many educators, here’s an example from a common nursery rhyme:

Three little kittens they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost.
What! lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
No, you shall have no pie.

hashtag twitterSome hastags to summarize this rhyme might include:

#coldpaws, #badkitties, #mommaismad, #ohnoyoureintrouble, #hungry, #wewontdothatagain, #ohnoyoudidnt

How does this translate into classroom use?hashtag bird convo

Using hashtags could be used in a million different ways in the classroom… from exit tickets, to entrance slips,  to reviewing information, to summarizing text! The classroom where I saw it “in action” was a Forensic Science class of 11th and 12th graders who had just completed a study of the famous Lizzie Borden unsolved case.  The teacher paired it with a foldable and used it as a summary activity.  


The foldable:

Independently, the students created a foldable comparing the 3 major characters involved in the case, Lizzie Border, her father Andrew (who was murdered), and her stepmother Annie (who was also murdered).

On the outside……

On the outside of their foldable, they drew a pictorial representation of each person.




On the inside…..

On the inside, they summarized the character using hashtags.



Class collaboration….

As a class, they examined the best hashtags and talked about which ones really summed up the case in the most creative way.



{Lesson graciously shared with permission of Leslie Gilmer}

I just loved this creative use of hashtags in the classroom! It mixed something “trendy” (that students never dream we “old” teachers would even know about LOL) with creative formative assessment that moves beyond a simple pencil and paper exit slip.

hashtag twitter birds

What creative ways can you adapt this for your classroom? For additional ways, click

Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas For Using Hashtags In The Classroom

PS> I’d LOVE it if you’d share your creative ways to use this in the classroom with me! 🙂


About Edgy Instruction

Science Teacher (Biology, AP Biology, and Forensic Science), Anatomy Professor, and former Instructional coach.
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