I was not a very organized teacher when I first started teaching. Over the years, I have learned that simple templates made my life a lot easier.The items included are:
Bookmarks: These simple bookmarks are what I give my students to use all year long. You can print them off front to back. For durability, I recommend printing them on colored card stock. My students use these to keep track of new vocabulary words as they read. You can then have them do your vocabulary activities with the words they have collected.
2. Student Resources:The Student Resources chart is a great way for students to keep track of websites you want the students to remember. I always find it frustrating when students forget their password for the various sites we use. Some of the websites I have my students keep track of are: Edmodo, StudyIsland, Class Dojo, and Pearson (online literature textbook).
3. Make-Up Memo: Teachers can use the Make-Up Memo to write down assignments when a student is absent. I print off my Make-Up Memos on bright colored paper and leave them for students in a designated spot. That way, upon returning to school, the student can simply read what they missed rather than asking the dreaded question, “Did I miss anything?”
4. Classroom Book Check-Out: Use this sheet to keep track of students who check out books from your classroom library.
5. Reading Log: I have my students log all of the novels they read within each quarter. It’s a wonderful way to keep track of all the books they will read throughout the year. Also, the rating system is nice because they might recommend a book they have read to another student.
6. Sign-Out Sheet: Use this sheet as a way to keep track of students who leave your classroom.
7. OTB (On the Bell): I use this sheet on a daily basis and collect to grade every Friday. I have a daily question on the board as the students come into class. They copy down the question on the left side and write their answer on the right side.