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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reading and Writing Notebooks... New Covers!

I finally have our Reader and Writing Notebooks finished and up and running!! 
SO excited! 
I loved using scrapbook paper last year, but I just couldn't find a pack of colorful paper this year that I loved... everything had either the wrong colors or the wrong patterns! I know, I'm picky! Plus, it took time to put everything together last year and I wanted to create an option that I could reuse year after year without having to put in hours of work each time! 

So my new design.... chevron binder covers!


I still personalized the binders with a special font for each student and various colors, which they love!


I switched the binder location this year because I added a new bookshelf to our classroom and I have more students, so the binders fit better there! I have them arranged by color and my sweet kiddos do a great job keeping them organized and all lined up! 




They get their binders out during the morning for Daily 5 and in the afternoon for writing. It is nice to have their reading & writing tools and resources all together in one place! And it definitely helps with their organization!


 I'm using the same tabs in the binders as last year:
- Reading Record (To keep track of all the books they are reading)
- Genres (Beth Newingham's genre printable with descriptions)
- Goals and Progress (CAFE menu with goals, fluency progress, etc.)
- Mini-lesson Handouts
- Reading Responses (weekly letters they write to be about the books they're reading)
- Writing (I use Learning Headquarters, which I LOVE!)

I'm also using a lot of the same printables since they worked really well. I have found some new resources which we are adding this year that I am really excited about and I'll share throughout the year as they come up. 




I also updated my "Synonyms for Said" printable so that it is now available in both black & white and color! And it's a FREEBIE! The students have the black and white version in their binders and I have a color copy up on our whiteboard!



You can purchase your own set of chevron binder covers here at my TPT store!

7 comments:

  1. Love the notebooks. They look super cute and very organized on your book shelf!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

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  2. What a great idea!!! I am going to have to steal this idea from you!!!
    Right now my students have their own writing notebooks--they put all of their writing in the notebook.
    But, I think it's a great idea to have their reading in there as well!

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  3. Rainbows are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! i'm in love with these! I love the idea of it all in one place-thanks for sharing!

    Amber
    Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students

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  4. Those look SO GREAT! I'm doing binders for the first time this year but having them go back and forth between school and home and it is getting a little messy (and often forgotten).

    I love the idea of using binder organization and keeping it in the classroom.

    Where did you buy your binders? They are more expensive than I remember and I'm searching for good deals!

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  5. I love them!!! They are so organized and eye-catching! I especially like how each is a bit different so the kids can find them easily.

    I love using binders in class--it's so much easier to organize their notes and handouts.

    Happy weekend :)

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  6. I love your binders...I can see how they would really make your kids want to use them!!

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  7. Wow. Loving your organization! I'll be back!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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