Anywho, eventually I got the supplies I was looking for:
27 plastic 2-pocket prong folders
27 paper 2-pocket folders
Pack of sheet protectors
Last week I blog-stalked a bunch of people to check out how they go about creating and using their writing folders. My final creation was a bit of a mix ideas. I loved the ones that Mrs. Lirette's made over at Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives by folding a paper folder inside out and inserting them into a pronged folder. I used an adapted version of this but decided to use plastic folders on the outside (partially because Target had so many on clearance and partially because they are more durable.)
The labels I created using the free font KBTheSilentNight which you can get here (it is my favorite free font, I’m obsessed.) I also used graphics from Scappin’ Doodles (I saw them on other products on TPT and had to tract them down. They are too stinkin’ cute so I know why they are so popular). On the inside I used two pages from Rome's Readers' Writing Folder Kit found at their TPT store for free here. I love the Word Wall and Work on Writing Page.
Since writing folders are new to my third graders, I also created giant magnetic versions of the pocket labels. I place them on the write board to help students identify where to place papers when they are done. So far it’s been helpful and easy.
My second tidbit is not as fun. Today our class said goodbye to one of our kiddos who is leaving Washington State and moving to Alaska. It may only be the end of the third week but I have already bonded with many of my kiddos and saying good bye stinks. The worst part was that we didn't really get good notice. First he was moving, then he wasn't, then they were but not out of state, and then on Wednesday he said they were leaving Saturday.
So this morning during our late start Friday times, I whipped up a quick farewell card to have the rest of the kiddos sign. At the end of the day we also dedicated a bit of our end of the week class meeting time to complimenting the student who is moving (typically we do a free for all compliment time.) It is touching to know how thoughtful and sincere my kiddos can be. They made me proud. Leaving them in October is not going to be easy.
You can expect a boatload of photos though after tomorrow. Expect to see me in a tutu. It’s happening.
Tidbit number four, check out my writing wall! It is still kind of in the works but I like it so far. In the coming weeks we will be filling the colored paper with some of our super star's work. There are more on the adjacent wall and a sign that says "Star Quality Work". You may recognize my giant pencil I gave a sneak peak at previously. I am in love with it and the kids are pretty fond too. They love it when I pull off the different pieces that are held on by velcro.
Well, with that all said, I am off to sell tickets at tonight's football game! Happy weekend everyone!
PS I will hopefully get the pictures of my folders up soon