If you are teaching Middle Grades ELA Language Arts, this freebie will help you at the beginning of the year. I had all my students decorate folders and write their names on them the first week of school when we were doing mostly procedural things. I told them we would call the folders their GOT folders. Get On Task! If you go to my blog at happyedugator.blogspot.com, I wrote a post about back to school tips and discussed how to use GOT folders in the classroom.
Includes slides for Monday – Friday
When your students come into the room, have a helper pass out their folders, which they have already decorated and labeled with their name the first few days of school.
Project the first slide on your whiteboard on Monday and have it up when the students walk in.
They should complete the assignment on the first slide fairly quickly.
No need to discuss the first slide…you can read their responses in their folders. This gives you time to take attendance and prepare for your lesson.
When your students are ready…don’t let them get restless…go to the second slide. On that slide is a warm- up activity and an editing activity. Remember to use slide show mode…or spelling mistakes will be given away with a red squiggly line.
Give your students enough time to complete the activity.
Discuss the answers with the whole class. This should lead into your lesson for the day.
Before students leave, have them put all work inside their GOT folders and have a helper collect them. Store the folders in a three drawer bin behind your desk so students have no access to them.
Grade folders weekly. You’ll be glad to have these folders if a student forgot to put his/her name on the paper…it will be in a folder with their name on it!
Once the work is graded, you can decide when to have them purge the folders. I like to keep a few work samples for parent conferences and I would let the kids decide what was their best work to keep.
I hope this gets you off to a good start. Have a great year!