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. 

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. 

Here are all my kids O.W.L. Binders together. The binder covers can be found here...

Start with 1 inch binders and divider tabs. 

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.

In the front of their binders, we put their homework planners in (which get signed every night). 

First things first, we start with our table of contents.

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. 

Here is the parent section. 
In this section, I have my rules, procedures, class list, class schedule, etc.

I put a big envelope in the Parent Section to put checks, book orders, doctors notes, etc. 

Section 2: OWL Report
Newsletter and other weekly notes

Part of my section 2.

Section 3: Homework
-Spelling Lists
-Tic-Tac-Toe Charts
-Vocabulary Study Guides
-Any additional homework for the week

Spelling homework is always found here.

My weekly homework for the week.
Valentine's Comprehension Packet

Section 4- Behavior Section

This is in the behavior section, its our daily behavior recording sheet. This is found in my owl behavior chart pack on TPT. 

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

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  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.

    The Busy Busy Hive

    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.

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

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  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!

  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!! :)


    Fun in the Fours

  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. :-)