I finally have our Reader and Writing Notebooks finished and up and running!!
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!