Thursday, July 18, 2013

Writing Folders! {Freebie} Throwback Thursday

With only 2 weeks left of summer I've been making a to do list of everything that needs to get done before the start of the new school year.  My writing folders were a BIG hit this year during writing station and writer's workshop.  I'm waiting for some incredible deals on folders so I can create a new set!  I'm linking up with Cara of The First Grade Parade again to bring back last summer's post about my writing folders.  Enjoy!

Originally posted August 7, 2012

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. LOVE your Author's Chair-your students must adore their fame!

  2. These are wonderful. I just attended a WriteTrack workshop last week and picked up so many great ideas. These folders are the icing!!! Thank you!

  3. Love this!!! Great book I am buying it right now!!!!

  4. I love the folder idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching Is Sweet

  5. Love, love love!!!! I'm getting my classroom ready too with my 12 year old nieces help. This will be a great project for aunt and niece!!

  6. game items and goldAugust 9, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    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?LOL Boost
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