Cheap memo books for reading workshop

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  1. snickydog

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    I'm looking to find a class set (I'd need about 30) of side-bound 4x6" memo books for next year (already planning!) for reading workshop. Does anyone know how inexpensive they get during the summer months or good places to find them? I saw OfficeMax has them for about $7.50 for a dozen...

    Thanks!
     
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    If they don't have to be 4 x 6 memo wait until Walmart puts their spiral bound notebooks on sale in the summer. They are usually 10 cents each.
     
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    I would wait until back to school sales as well. Sometimes you can get them really really cheap in August. Composition notebooks are a good option.
     
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    I bought spiral ones from Staples last year for 4 cents a piece. I cut them in half with the big cutter and got two uses out of them
     
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    I got composition books and chopped them in half at Kinkos. They chopped them for free for my friend but when I went they made me pay $7. :(

    But I used them last year for math journals and this year for reading response journals and loved them!
     
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    Good idea to cut the spirals! They would be cheaper. But do they hold together?
     
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    Yep! I got some for my own kiddos at 9 cents each:)
     
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    I have never seen this or heard of it. So they hve some sort of big cutter at the office supply stores?
     
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    Did they just use a large paper cutter? I am tempted to do this next year for morning work journals- also did the metal cut anyone (the piece left at the end). Thanks!
     
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    I have seen packs of the steno notebooks at Sams Club too. I use them for Word Work. There have been sales here and there- I think I picked up last year's set at the grocery store in August when they were 50 cents each. This year I am ordering them through Staples because I have to buy 90.
     
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    I was just going to suggest this option!;)
     
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    How they cut them

    For those of you that asked, a print shop has a huge power cutter that they use to cut large stacks of paper products. I worked in a print shop for a while and loved using the cutter. They usually charge per cut.

    When I taught preschool, we had a place cut our workbooks for us so we didn't have to spend hours ripping out pages, it was great!

    I never saw them use it on spiral notebooks. My only concern would be if the wire were sharp it may scratch a kid?

    I just found out Staples has a teacher rewards card where you get a rebate on what you buy. And the copy shop is included. :)
     
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    In all of my years teaching, I've never had any mishaps with the wire on spirals causing any physical harm.
     
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    I meant with the cut edge sticking out (if you cut the notebook in half)- not that a regular spiral bound notebook would cause harm.
     
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    I think it would end up just being like a regular spiral when it comes undone a little bit. I just curl the ends back in and move on. I'm sure the cut edge would curl in just as easily.
     
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    So the spiral-bound notebooks turn into 4X5's (more or less) instead of 8X11's? Is it a clean cut? What do you use the mini-books for? Sound interesting. (Just because I like the idea of mini-books.)
     

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