Hey y’all! First of all, let’s talk about these folders. Do you know how much it KILLS me to have folders that don’t all match. Ohmiword… I can hardly handle it. I like for all math spirals to be one color, ELA spirals another, so on and so forth.
Well, when an idea pops in your head at 2 am for reading folders, you don’t have time to purchase 23 matching folders because you need to tackle that task ASAP! And, that’s exactly what happened to me. Each week I send home a reading folder in my book bags for my students. Normally it’s just a place for students to record their reading, and keep sight words. Well, I decided I wanted to make it more purposeful and a little house for our fluency practice.
So, the very next day I got to work and started putting my reading folders together. I’m going to label these, “Fluency Folders”… clever, right?! 😉 First and foremost, I made everything on my school computer where I don’t have cute fonts 🙁 and I don’t have anything to “share” with you except for the idea. Sorry! And, I’m sure my grammar and whatnot is all kinds of messed up. Hopefully I don’t disappoint too badly 😉
When you open up our fluency folders you will see our reading chain challenge from the Teacher Wife. This year I’m going to do the 50 book challenge because we will start something new in the second semester.
Also, stapled to the front is a little sheet that I write our DRA levels on. This helps parents know their child’s progress! My students will take out their 50 book challenge and keep those home until they are completed, so this will be the first thing that you see.
Here’s a little look at their 50 Book challenge packet. I literally just made the copies straight from the Teacher Wife’s cute freebie!!!
Next up is our Study Log. This year I am holding my students responsible for initialing what they do at home each night. I will check these every Friday and give out stickers, or small treats for students who have done at least 3 things throughout the week! I expect my kiddos to read, study spelling words, and practice their fluency.
After that comes our Fluency Homework from Second Story Window.
I will put their fluency homework in the page protector every Friday so that I don’t have to open brads each week 🙂
Sight Words are next!
I put the three lists from my Sticking to the Sight Words unit in the folder so my students can move at their own pace.
And, last but not least, is Poetry!
I retyped these poems YEARS ago from a poetry booklet that I bought. For some reason I thought each poem needed cute fonts and clipart. Fast forward 7 years and they aren’t so cute anymore, ha! Oh, comic sans… how you live on through my laziness 🙂 I chose 16 poems to keep in our folders for the first semester. I will change these out after Christmas Break so my students have new poems to read!
I will put these folders along with books on their specific reading level in their Book Buddies on Fridays. That gives my kiddos 7 nights to read and practice before turning them in for the week! You can read how I set up my Book Bags last year HERE. The changes aren’t HUGE, I just wanted to make them a little more user-friendly 🙂 So, in our folder we have:
1. DRA reading level
2. Study Log
3. Fluency Homework
4. Sight Words
and our Reading Challenge!
Hopefully this will be fun for the kiddos and help keep my sanity in tact for the year 🙂