Second Grade Nest: O.W.L. Binder Assembly

Monday, February 11, 2013

O.W.L. Binder Assembly


One of my favorite things I began this year were my OWL Binders. OWL stands for Organized While Learning. Thanks to Pinterest and other blogs, I got started at the beginning of the year and they have become an incredible STAPLE in my daily routine.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders

The kids are incredibly responsible with these and every single thing I need for parent communication is in one area. I will continue this throughout my teacher career (unless something better comes along), but in all four years of teaching, this is by far the best parent/teacher communication I have had. 

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Here are all my kids O.W.L. Binders together. The binder covers can be found here...


O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Start with 1 inch binders and divider tabs. 

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Front of binder. The kids loved having their own colored owls. The first day of school all they wanted to do was talk about their colored owl on their O.W.L. binders.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
In the front of their binders, we put their homework planners in (which get signed every night). 

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
First things first, we start with our table of contents.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
I had to make sure I gave students and parents their responsibilities at the beginning of the year. They signed their "contracts", which students learned was their promise to check it every night and take care of it. 

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Here is the parent section. 
In this section, I have my rules, procedures, class list, class schedule, etc.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
I put a big envelope in the Parent Section to put checks, book orders, doctors notes, etc. 

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Section 2: OWL Report
Newsletter and other weekly notes

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Part of my section 2.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Section 3: Homework
-Spelling Lists
-Tic-Tac-Toe Charts
-Vocabulary Study Guides
-Any additional homework for the week

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Spelling homework is always found here.

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
My weekly homework for the week...
Click the image for my Valentine's Comprehension Packet

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
Section 4- Behavior Section

O.W.L. Binder Assembly (organized while learning)- help keep your students organized with these OWL binders- check out what all the tabs I keep in my OWL binders
This is in the behavior section, its our daily behavior recording sheet. This is found in my owl behavior chart pack on TPT. Click the image to check it out.

I highly suggest you try this out next year! I have found a great improvement in my responsibility with student material. 


6 comments:

  1. I have thought about doing this a couple of times but never did start. I love how organized you and your kiddos are. What do you do if a child doesn't bring it back? I still have a few that will forget their folder.

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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    1. You would be surprised. I've been through folder after folder in the last few years, but these owl binders are never lost. I have some seriously irresponsible kids and they haven't made it this long with no loses.

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  2. Our school has planners similar to your homework planner, but I love the binder idea!!! The contract & that envelope look great!!!

    Bridget
    Literacy Without Worksheets

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  3. Oh my goodness!! The Organization Diva in me is LOVING this!!! What a great idea!! I will be blogging about this for sure and will be using this in my next class!!! Thanks for the idea!

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  4. I'm thinking I might try this next year! So far I've had 2 lost homework books, i soaked - and therefore ruined - homework book, countless lost/missing notes... A binder (with a cute picture) might just be the answer!! :)

    Lynn

    Fun in the Fours

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  5. Hi! Here's a little tip for you: If you use a sheet protector and lable it "Parent Pocket" you can quickly see if a child has something to give you without opening each and every envelope. :-)

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