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    By sandyH

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    We have our kids bring a zipper-style binder. This forces them to at least have papers somewhat contained. We ask that they have a notebook and folder for science, social studies,and math. Since they only switch for 2 subjects, only those 2 notebooks must be in the binder and the other one (plus reading/writing) can stay in their desk, if space is a problem. They also have a reading folder which we provide, and a daily language/writing folder that we provide. The reading folder is red and the language folder is blue. This makes finding and referring to the right one easy. All of our students have a home folder. We put labels on the inside pockets. One says "come back" the other says "stay home" this is helpful for parents and their children. (I pass out computer generated labels for folders and notebooks for all subjects at the beginning of the year, and this helps us to know what's what.)
    One of the best things I ever did to keep my students organized was to arrange a 10-15 minute block of time on Fridays for "desk and binder clean". After they work on this for awhile pick names of a few students and if their desks and binders pass inspection, they get a treat.

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