Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Writing Folders {Freebie}

Today was Day 2 of the new school year!  Things are pretty much pulled together in my classroom and I'm still planning on sharing a video tour as soon as I can find a spare moment to record!  Anyone else completely exhausted??

A few weeks ago I shared my writing folders on my friend Tammy's blog {Live Laugh Love Everyday in Kindergarten}.  I wanted to share it with all of you as well, in case you missed it.

One of the things that has worked well for me in the past are my kids' writing folders.  I've used spirals for journaling, but folders seem to work best for my classroom for writer's workshop.
I combine folders with brads and folders without brads to make a 4-pocket folder for each child.  I like for all of my folders to be uniform so I usually go out and purchase them myself when they get cheap enough at back to school time.  That way, I can have them assembled and ready at the beginning of school.  I label each section of the folder so my kids can organize their writing tools, ideas, "work in progress" items, and finished products that are ready for the author's chair.
You can grab a copy of my labels and instructions on assembling the folder {here} or by clicking the picture below. {Free}

Do you have a designated area for "authors" to present their work?  This is a definite motivator in my room!  There's something about that proud moment of feeling accomplished and sharing your completed work with others.  I just have a slipcover that transforms one of our chairs.  The mom of one of my former students made it for me!  Isn't it adorable?  I usually slip it on the afternoon before or the morning of- when I know that one of my students will be ready to present.  The kiddos are usually bursting at the seams with anticipation and it becomes a huge guessing game of who is ready to present their work!  I just love that buzz of excitement.  :)

The last thing I want to share with you is a book I found that was just released on July 24th!  It is about a little dog named Rocket who struggles to find something to write about.  With the help of a little bird, he learns to look more closely at the world around him and ends up finding great inspiration for his story writing.  Doesn't this book sound perfect for writer's workshop?  It's wonderful!! You can click on the picture below to read the description and/or order yourself a copy too if you think it is something you might like to incorporate in your classroom.

I'm off to get some sleep!  :)


  1. I'm so glad you posted about your folders! I just bought the remainder of them to make these exact folders! Thanks for the labels freebie. You are awesome!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I love your writing folders! I saw that idea on Pinterest and have been wondering if it works. Glad to see it does! I think folders are the best for writer's workshop too!
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    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing

  3. I love those writing folders. Thank you so much!
    I'm going to get that book, too. You're right. It sounds perfect.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  4. I love your writing folders...I have never seen that idea and I think it is so clever!!!!

  5. Oh my heck, what an inspiration! I have never heard of combining folders in that way. Thank you for sharing this idea ... my head is spinning with possibilities!
    Where Seconds Count

  6. Thank you for the writing folders ideas.

  7. I need to make these writing folders. I plan on doing a lot more writing this year. Thanks for the idea!

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    The Busy Busy Hive

  8. What a great post. Thanks for the visual of how to make your folders and for the freebie. I keep hearing about that story about Rocket, I'm going to have to check it out.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  9. Amazing folder idea. Thanks for sharing the labels too. They're perfectly adorable!

    Teach on a Limb

  10. I love your folders. I am going back to first after being in Kinder for a very long time. I was wondering if you had a blog post that goes into more detail of what you use each section for and how you organize "writer's workshop" in your class?

    Thank you so much!

  11. Thanks for the tips on the writing folders. The best part was your book recommendation. LOVE that dog. Just happened to get a Barnes and Noble gift card and this book was waiting for me on display. So great on many, many, levels.

    Plan to put together a fun lesson. Great book for the start of the year!

    Here's to a great year!
    Sara (a loyal fan)

  12. love the book and the authors chair. did you make the cover for the chair yourself?

    Please come check out my new teacher website and help me design the blog. need help.

  13. Love your ideas!! Such a cute book about writing. Thank you for the writing folder freebie!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  14. The colorful pocket folders really provide the children with fun. The vivid colors would just keep their attention.

  15. I LOVE this idea Mary!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  16. Thank you. I do this too, but I don't turn the inside folder inside out. This way we can glue our helping notes inside. For example: note about when to capitalize nouns, what nouns, verbs...are...

  17. Mary, I've used these "folder books" for about 10 years now. However, I put 3 folders together and label the pockets with each subject to discuss for PARENT CONFERENCES. The pockets make it so easy to save class assignments and parent handouts.

    I label them with students numbers. Since they don't get a lot of handling by the students (other than to insert papers for conferences twice a year), I use them again and again. They make a great organizational tool to use for student-led conferences.


  18. Love this idea! I have been doing something similar, but never thought to use both types of folders. Very innovative! I will be implementing it this year!

  19. Hi, just wanted to let you know that I loved this post and used your idea in my own classroom! I gave you a shout out in my blog post today: here. Thanks!

    Rooting for Third Grade

  20. Thanks for the useful labels! I tried to print out the Author at Work ones today, but the margins are off. It could be my printer. Any suggestions to make them fit? I think I'm label challenged! The top two fit fine, but the last one prints on the bottom of the second row and the rest on the bottom label. Thanks for any hints you can provide!

    1. Make sure that you select ACTUAL SIZE when printing. Otherwise, the labels will not fit correctly. :)

  21. Great idea. I will be trying it in my class this year.


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