Sunday, July 8, 2012

Student Work Folders

My classroom has 3 grade levels being taught at once all day long. Keeping organized is the only way I can stay sane. Student folders were the best thing I ever did! My students have 2 main folders they use throughout the day.

The primary folder for every student is their Seat Work Folder. Each child has a 2-pocket folder for their reading and math work. The students know where to get their folders and always know to start with the assignment that is on top. If the students finish quickly and show me their work for accuracy, then they can move on the the next page without me scrambling around to find what comes next. I originally created this will a border of pencils, but when I went to print them out, I found some cute paper with borders already on the paper, so I used just the basic writing portion.
The other main folder my students use is their Unfinished Work Folder. Any assignments the students have to stop before it's completed (lunch,recess, etc.) go into this folder. The students either complete it the next day, or when they finish another assignment early and need something to do until the rest of the group is ready to move on to the next task.


  1. You seem like a very organized teacher and that is an amazing thing! Keep up the good work. Love this folder idea!

  2. How did you attach the cover or is there a pocket? I just made cute covers for our home folders but I'm not sure how to attach them I laminated and taped with packing tape and didn't like the way that looked.

  3. Hello! I wish I had a greater idea to share with you on this one, but packing tape and laminating are my usual choices for this project. Normally, I laminate the whole folder, then slice open where the pockets are. This year I tried to make them more durable by using the plastic folders instead of paper ones that tear, but this caused a problem getting the covers to stay on. The laminating doesn't really stick and falls right off. I ended up using packing tape, and you're right, it's not perfect. Sorry, I really wish I could be more helpful on this.


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