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? :)

11 comments

  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! :)

    Christy
    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

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

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  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

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    1. It certainly works well-- gotta love "binderizing" :)

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  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. learningtothecore.ac@gmail.com
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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    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 :)

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  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

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

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  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!

    Angie
    Monahan Monkey Madness

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  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:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  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

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