I'm sharing how I help my students keep their desks organized, and which also helps keeps transitions snappy quick!
composition book or spiral notebooks. The idea behind this is so simple (I wish I could take credit for it, however, I didn't invent it!)! It's just color-coding. Total "duh, why didn't I think of that" moment, right?
I usually start by asking them to take out their ____ notebook. Naturally, it takes forever, because they have to take each one out, look at the cover, ask their neighbor if that's the right one, poll the remainder of the class, and phone a friend.
Choose whatever colors you like, or ask your sweets for suggestions. It doesn't really matter which notebook is assigned which color, just so long as all the math notebooks are green (or whatever color you choose), and spelling notebooks are red (again whatever color you want), etc...
Like anything else, I always model how to do this for my kiddos. I explain that the easiest way to color the bottom, is to lay it flat on their desks. With their non-writing/coloring hand, press down onto the bottom of the notebook, kind of like smushing a sandwich together. While smushing, color a small portion of the bottom of the notebook. The bottom doesn't have to be entirely colored, just an inch or two...enough that it's obvious what color that notebook is.
When we're all finished color-coding our notebooks, I challenge students to a race! Can then take out a given notebook faster than they did before we color-coded?
You may have noticed that each of our notebooks also has a cover on it. Maybe you didn't...that's ok too! At the beginning of the year, each of my students decorates a notebook cover (and of course they also have their names on them). This way, if a notebook does become lost we know exactly who it belongs to. PLUS, the decorating makes a perfect activity for students to do during the first week of school when I need just a second to catch my breath! :)
I went ahead and labeled mine and my co-teacher's notebooks to serve as models for our sweet seconds. I still need to color them, but that's certainly not at the top of my to-do list!
Take a look below at our notebook covers. We don't actually have ALL of these notebooks, but I like the variety. I made a total of 11 notebook covers that are ready to print and copy!
You'll just open in the EDITABLE notebook covers in powerpoint, type in whatever you call that notebook, and you're ready to print, copy, and GO!
here or by clicking the picture below!
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