Do your students have a class folder or binder? Is there key information you would like students to have at their fingertips? If so, check out this Student Resource Folder.
For the past several years, I have created custom folders for my students for their reference. By mid-year, students' folders are their go-to resource. When a transition or signal word is needed, folders are right there! Sentence work? Yep. Writing Zone? Yes! Using textual evidence? Absolutely!
The folders are easy to create:
1 poly folder with brackets and pockets (my preference), or binder for each student.
1 Writing and 1 Vocabulary/Student Resource Card per student
I always make 3-4 extra folders for any new students added throughout the year.
For the Resource Cards, I print them on my home printer (no access to color at school) using 28lb paper.
You could also print on card stock, or have them printed at Staples ($$)
I have thought about laminating the Resource Cards, but last year I did not have any problems with the 28lb paper. Amazingly, all but one student respected the folders (I tell students it costs $5 to replace if destroyed or lost).
In earlier versions, I used blank full page labels, but this version is the easiest and simplest to create.
Each Resource Card includes the following:
WRITING RESOURCE CARD (P1)
Show Your Writing Assets: A single-paragraph roadmap
Transition / Signal Words
Show Me the Evidence
Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism
WRITING RESOURCE CARD (p2)
Types of Sentences
Compound Sentences' FANBOYS
ICE Writing Strategy
VOCABULARY RESOURCE CARD (p3)
Essential Academic Vocabulary
Character Feelings & Traits
Commonly Confused Homophones
Defined: Cite vs. Citation
STUDENT RESOURCE CARD (p4)
Student Logins and Passwords List*
Lexile Progress Chart*
Pick the Right Book Target Lexiles*
*editable versions of these 3 components are also included so you can customize the Student Resource Card to your needs.
Download for your class use.
All the Resource Cards above are available in the Community Resource Library and include pdf and editable Word versions of each Resource Card.
Did I miss anything you think should be included? I am always looking for ways to tweak or improve my student folders and would love to hear your suggestions.