We spend time as a class setting up our writing folders. I like to involve my students, so they know what is included and how to use them. We use them so much and first graders feel so important have a writing folder.
Setting Up a Writing Folder
During the back to school season, I purchase poly two-pocket folders with prongs from Target. You can also get them on Amazon. These folders hold up well with first graders and are still in great shape at the end of the school year.
Before we begin to put the folders together, I print out labels that say “still working” and “finished.” I put a green don on the “still working” labels and a red dot on the “finished” labels. This helps my non-readers determine which is which. After prepping the labels, we are ready to build.
First we I give them a label and we learn which pocket to place the labels on.
Next, we learn how to work the prongs and place a couple of backline word lists. I always start out with a family words, school words and feeling words. They add more word lists as the year progresses.
Once they have their folders made, they are ready for work on writing and writer’s workshop. I love writing in the first grade!
You can read more about how I set-up my writing center below.
Do you use writing folders with your students?