I got lots of ideas from you all. I am thinking of making homework folders or other subject folders out of them too. Who knew all the possibilities.
Also Liam thanks a bunch for the labeling idea. I was pretty upset, when I lost the binders, that I wouldn't be able to see at a glance who the folder belonged to.
Many of you mentioned laminating them and I think that is a fantastic idea. I just don't have the energy for them. I have done it in the past and in a few months the lamination starts to come off from the crease in the center. So now I just teach my students they only get ONE and they have to take care of their materials. When all else fails tape helps. :) However, I think if you want to try it and it works for you, go for it. I love laminated stuff. As a matter a fact I am on a brief break from the pile of laminated materials now. :) Remember these?
I think I am almost done.
Because there was such a wonderful response to the 4 pocket folders I am posting the 2nd part a little bit early. Yesterday, I briefly mentioned what each pocket would be for. The first pocket would be for tools, such as am alphabet chart, ideas, extra paper, etc. The second pocket is for stories that are a work in progress, or not completed. The third pocket is for stories that are complete but have not been fancied. That means that the actual story is complete but the student has yet to color in their illustrations. (My students are only allowed to color during Writing on Fancy Fridays. This helps to keep them concentrated on their writing and not just the illustration.) The final pocket is for work that is complete and is ready to share.
I was going to make a folder and take pictures to show you, but I realized that my copies are in my classroom and I won't be back in until later this week. So I am sharing my goodies with you a bit early. I will just take pictures later.
I plan on just cutting these out and just taping them down to the pocket of the folder with packing tape. Yes laminating them would be best, but as I previously explained, I don't like it for folders.