Okay! I promised I would be back today to blog about my "I Can Read" poetry binders, so here I go! As you may have read yesterday, I spent the last five days compiling all of the poems my team uses for shared reading. I wanted to create something simple and neat that could be used with my IWB and didn't require gluing into a notebook. It sounded like a simple task, until I got started!
I like to use a 1” poly binder for my “I Can Read” binders. The poly binders seem to hold up much better to everyday wear and tear, and normally last throughout the year. We usually order them from School Specialty, as their poly is a little bit thicker and more durable. Our PTO purchases these binders for every kindergartener. We are so lucky! However, in the past, I would transfer all the poems into a three-prong folder at the end of the year so that I could reuse the binders the next year! I’ve also used 1” poly binders from Target or Walmart, and have even asked for these on my supply list. On the front of the binder, I attach a label with the student’s name. I like to place packing tape overtop of the label so that it doesn’t peel off.
After the parent note, I insert the first poem including the homework option. I copy them on the copy machine, but I took a picture of the colored version. During the first few weeks of school, either myself or a volunteer will add the poems to the binders on Monday. Once we’ve settled into a routine, I teach the students how to flip all of the pages, so they can add the new poem to the back.
At the very back of the binder, each student has a zippered pouch containing an 8 pack of crayons, a couple pencils and an eraser. I’ve found that having these supplies inside the binder ensures that every student has the appropriate colors to complete the homework. I teach the students that these supplies must remain inside the zippered pouch!
If you would like to start an "I Can Read" poetry homework binder in your class, check out my "I Can Read" poetry binder pack for August/September. It includes six poems - Here I Come, ABCDEFG, The Wheels on the Bus, Family of Shapes, Picking Apples, and Fall, Fall, Falling Leaves! All perfect for back-to-school!
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My kiddos seriously love their "I Can Read" poetry binders! They are always so excited to see the new poem on Monday! It's so fun to hear them read and sing the poems throughout the week and all year long! Plus, I love that it reinforces the skills we have learned in the classroom!