Adventure Awaits!: Suitcase Writing Portfolio
About this Product:
When I was student teaching first grade many moons ago (20 years ago now), we used a simple pizza box to store student writing portfolios. For the many years since then, I have tried various other systems with older students—-binders, folders, files in crates, etc. When I switched grade levels (2nd grade), I began to think back to my earliest days of using a pizza box. The boxes worked well because students were able to collect entries of all sizes, the boxes were easy to access in the classroom, and writings were taken home in a secure container at the end of the year. I decided to start using pizza boxes again——so I have created this fun way of decorating a pizza box into a suitcase. Writing is truly an adventure for the kids throughout the year, so enjoy making your suitcase writing portfolios.
Included in this Product:
-Directions for materials prep, assembly, and managing portfolios
-Portfolio Entry sheets (2 versions)
-At-Home Portfolio Reflection sheet
-Microsoft Publisher and Word editable luggage tag files
-Printable luggage tags for hand-writing tags
-Printable suitcase straps and suitcase "stickers" (not actually stickers but created to resemble travel stickers)
You will need to obtain rectangular pizza boxes from Pizza Hut. These measure approximately 18 1/4” X 14 3/4” (meal deal boxes). I got boxes from my local Pizza Hut for $ .36. The district manager looked up the price in her records, so I assume this is a universal price for the restaurant chain. Sometimes they will donate the boxes or charge you a lesser price if they know you are a teacher. In years past, there have been times when they have given me pizza boxes at no charge. You may choose to use the typical large sized pizza box from another restaurant, yet this may require that you cut down the length of the suitcase straps. Your construction paper measurements will also need to be adjusted.
Please contact me with questions you may have before purchasing. Thank you!