Weekend Warriors: What Are We Organizing???

...our students OF COURSE!
How many of you try to keep those kiddos of yours organized? A messy desk makes me cringe. Papers shoved in every desk corner makes me want to scream! The moment my students step into my classroom on the first day of school, they are armed with organizational tools.

These 3 folders are life savers for my students and myself! 
The TAN folder is used for each student's daily WARM UP packet. The packet is given to them on Monday. Each day they enter the classroom, turn in their homework, and pull out their warm up folder. They know to work on the next page in the packet without any questions. This gives me time to take attendance, respond to notes or email, and get themselves settled independently. 

The YELLOW folder is their WRITING folder. Any time we are working on a writing piece it goes in here!

The RED folder (my favorite) is their UNFINISHED work folder. Any work that is not completed goes into this folder. It's bright and bold and RED, so they can't miss it. When they finish their class work, they pull out this folder first to see if they need to complete anything. On Fridays, (if I remember) any work that is not complete goes home with a note for completion over the weekend.

I love the endless possibilities with the color folders. I can add a new colored folder at any time. I have recently added a green folder for fluency practice, as well.

If you don't already use colored folders in your class, I hope you will give them a try and see your students' organizational skills soar!

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  1. We use sane colored folders too, and it makes my heart SO happy! Haha!!! I call my unfinished work folder the UFO Folder (UnFinished Objects). I love the idea of sending the unfinished work home on Fridays. Will have to steal that idea!

  2. I really like this idea for color coded folders! It makes it so easy for kiddos to quickly pull out what they need. My students lump everything together in a desk folder which sometimes gets very full. Next year, I'm buying boxes of colored file folders for them! :)

  3. Great minds think alike! I also use colored folders in my students desks. It makes it so easy to say put such and such in your orange folder and then they know right where it is when you need them to pull it out in the future.

  4. You know we share the same brain, and here is further proof...my kiddos use colored folders to organize their work too! I love that it keeps them organized and I can quickly tell them to take out their "such and such" folder. Teachers who are not currently using them should definitely give them a try!!

    Primarily Speaking

  5. We use colored folders too! Our unfinished work folder if blue this year. It is a life savor but I always have those few whose desks still look like a nightmare. Love the idea of sending unfinished work home on Fridays. I need to try that.

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  6. What a great idea!! Messy desks drive me crazy!!! I have one folder for all of their work, but I like the different colors...much more organized!!!

    Thanks for sharing! :)
    A Sunny Day in First Grade