Tried it Tuesday-Binderizing

I love this Tried It Tuesday linky! It's a great place for us to share little things that work (or don't work) in our classrooms. I've gotten so many great ideas from this little party :)

I'm going to share with you one of my favorite made-up words... "Binderizing"

My kiddos even know I call it this. My desk and cupboards are filled with binders. Why? Because it's how I stay organized! I love putting things in sheet protectors and into binders. What I do is first, print the cover of the product (if it's not a product I've made or purchased and it's just a group of lessons, I make a cover telling the topic.) I make sure to only buy binders that have the clear pocket on the outside to insert the cover. Here's an example of how I did this with my Reading Informational Text CCS Aligned Pack...

Next, I put a bunch of page protectors in the binder. I either keep each page, or each group of pages on the same topic in the page protector.

I love page protectors because they also can keep the task cards and center activities all in tact, too!

For this pack, I put the "I Can" posters on the front of each page protector, so I know what skill that page protector holds.

Another binder I love is my sub binder. It's also an easy way for a sub to find and stay organized!

Those of you that do Reading Olympians, I keep the orginals for each set in a page protector, along with the study cards I keep at centers. Keeps everything ready for next year and easily accessible! :)

Lastly, I also keep my weekly worksheets in this little file tub. So, when it's time to use the worksheets, I pull them out of the binder, make copies and put them in the day we will do them. Then, I put extras in the back so if a student loses theirs, they know where to look! Simple and works well!
Thanks for listening to my Tried It's that work :)
Those of you that have already offered to contribute to my 200 follower giveaway, THANK YOU! If you'd like to, I will take as many participants as are willing :) Leave me a comment with your email or send me an email {mrscap6[at]gmail[dot]com} if you want to help! I am also looking for suggestions for a theme (my 100 was sports.) I'm thinking:
a.) Covered in Glitter Giveaway
b.) Wild about 200 Followers Giveaway
c.) Under Construction, Building Followers Giveaway
d.) Blooming Spring Followers Giveaway
What do you think? :)


  1. I like the Wild About, since it pays homeage to your blog title, but any sound great! I'm a huge binder fan too! I made up some stickers that have the full 4th grade ELA and math standards on them as well as the shortened standard on them to help keep things organized! :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! That seems to be the favorite :) I love the idea of the stickers!!

  2. Thanks for sharing how you organize your binders. This is a goal of mine for the summer - I have already done ones for home (those were easy - school, ahhh!). Now I have a word to describe how I spent my day - binderizing!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  3. These binders are amazing! I currently keep all my materials together within file folders- but I feel like your system just looks so nice, I have to try it out!
    I like your "wild about 200 followers" name for your giveaway. :)
    I'm happy to donate a product to your giveaway if you are doing a K-2 version.
    Learning to the Core

    1. I got so sick of broken file folders-- binders work wonders! Thanks so much for offering to contribute! I'll be emailing you soon with details :)

  4. The binders are a great idea. I'm finding that I am running out of room in my files because of all the "stuff" I have accumulated. I think it is time to purge, and add some binders to the mix! Thanks for sharing.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

    1. Totally can relate to the "stuffed" files! Binders work wonderful :)

  5. I LOVE seeing how organized you are! I am trying to find ways to be more organized myself, but the thing is, even when I make binders, I tend to just pile stuff up when I'm done and don't remember to put things BACK into the binders. I really don't know what I'm going to do - files are just horrible for me. I really enjoyed seeing how you do it though, and may have to start up again and try a little harder. Thanks for the motivation!! Totally excited for you to get to almost 200 followers! I just hit 50 today and was SUPER excited so I imagine you are thrilled! Way to go! I love reading your blog!

    Monahan Monkey Madness

  6. This is on my "to do list" for the summer! I just need a lot of time to tackle organizing all the resources I have found this year. Thank you so much for sharing:) I can't remember if I already volunteered to help out with your giveaway, but if not, I am totally in! Anything you need!! I like the "Wild About" title:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. I love organized binders! I try so hard to keep organized. I just always have a stack of new papers that need to be put in binders.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack