What do you think about this idea?

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  1. 1st-yr-teacher

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    For the past 3 or 4 years, Ihave had one of those notebooks used to organize students homework/parent communication. I called it the "BUG"(Bring Useful Gear) Book. It had a section for homework, newsletter, money/notes to school, etc. Some students utelized it while others didn't. I know it works better if I stay on top of keepin it organized.

    I am thinking of changing things a bit. I have always struggled with helping my kids stay organized in their desk. OUr math program provides a folder that has all kind of info in it(hundred number chart, shapes, days/months of the year, etc.). I would also give them a folder for reading.

    It always ended up a mess(especially those who lack the organization skills).

    This year, I was thinking of using the notebooks that i use for their BUG book in the classroom instead. I would just send a folder home for their homework.

    In the classroom notebook, I was thinking of having several sections. It would keep their word wall, AR reading log, weekly spelling words, math facts, and a section to keep their work for reading and math.

    What do you guys think? Would that be too much to keep up with? I just would really like to find a way to help them keep their desk in better shape without having a math folder, reading folder, AR folder, and a small group folder...it would all be in the same notebook....
     
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    I've never understood the need for a BUG notebook...I use a home folder for daily homework. I send all corrected work home on Fridays in a Friday folder. I think using your notebook as a resource binder in school is a good idea.:thumb:
     
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    Okay, great. Now, I just need to figure out exactly what I want it to look like and the best way to organize it. :) Thanks!
     
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    As long as you have a plan and can stay on top of them for staying organized and knowing where to put each item, I think it could work. It will take a lot of modeling and repetition though!
     
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    Definitely a great idea. I would suggest getting lots of page protectors when you see an opportunity. Way easier to change out papers each week.
     
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    I'm planning on doing the same thing this year. Would love to see how you decide to organize.
     
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    The notebook would have two parts: Readind and Math. The reading part would be much more than the math.

    For the Reading, I am thinking of the following:
    -Sight Word Section: After I give our beginning of the year sight word assessments, I would give each student a copy of the words they need to memorize.
    -AR Log Section: This wouldhave their log for AR. We do have the STAR Reading and Math test. Do you think it would be a good idea to give them a copy of their graph? I would give them a new one after each STAR test given(which is around once a month). I do worry that they would use that to compare with others. My students did enjoy seeing how they were improving last year(when I showed them).
    -Spelling Word/Vocabulary section-This would just be a copy of their words for the week.
    -Section for their work

    Math Section:
    -Math Fact Section-This would be a place for the math facts that we are working on...it would build each time we moved to a new set of facts.
    -Math Work Section

    ***These are the only things I can think of for the math section.


    I was also thinking about a literacy poster section. I know a website that has different posters for comprehension skills and strategies. They are in color, though. It would also mean a lot more printing than normal.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    We study "chunks"/spelling patterns for decoding words, so I'd probably have that in the reading section, too.

    For math, maybe a poster on how to decide when to add or subtract and strategies on solving a word problem? I use the read, plan, solve, look back method for my kids...and draw eyes in the word "look". Or also, showing ways to solve a math problem in general...write in sentences, make an equation, make a picture, etc.
     
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    Walgreens has had really good deals on page protectors and tab dividers the last few summers. :)
     
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    Those are good ideas. I could create some kind of chart for addition and subtraction words. We would add to the chart as we come across certain words in our daily math problems.

    I also thought of creating an add on as you go comprehension strategy poster.
     
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    Can you help me think of some cute names forthese binders? I am doing an Owl/polka dot theme this year. It doesn't have to be connected to that, though.
     
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    Moose acronyms:

    http://www.smithsroom.com/MOOSE_Acronyms.htm
     
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    Thanks! I guess the title of the going home folders can be used just as easily in the classroom. There are some cute ones on pinterest. :)
     

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