I am often asked how I organize my student writing folders. Then the other day I was cleaning out a “special drawer” that I had (AKA: junk drawer, catch-all, blackhole) when I found an old writing folder I used with my 2nd-grade students. I’d forgotten all about them. So I decided to whip up a cleaned-up version and offer them to you all! Here are your Writing Folder Organization FREE labels for your early primary writers’ workshop students. This blog post will give you ideas on how to create writing folders for your classroom. Great for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade!
How did I make these Writing Folders?
Each folder contains 2 pocket folders. I used two different colors for my sample so you can see them a bit better.
- Open the pink one like I have below.
- Turn the yellow one inside out. The fold will be on the outside and the open sides will go towards where it will be spirally bound.
Does this picture show it better? Ariel view = advanced photography skills (LOL).
This is the spiral binder (affiliate link) that I used: TruBind TB-S20 Spiral Coil Binding Machine (TB-S20). I am not ashamed to admit that I use this machine for all. the. things.
For these coils that I used: TruBind 16mm coils
Each folder had to be punched one at a time, but it did not take long.
Easy, breezy, mac and cheesy!
Adding the Labels
Then I just added the labels! Simple!
Yes, there is a simple version you can make that is a student helper folder. Here is a peek at them!
NOTE: This is just a simple tabbed folder that is folded differently to make a tri-fold folder.
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FREE Writing Folder Labels
NOTE: Some of the images that are shown above are part of our Writing Through the Years units and are not included in this free download. To receive the labels and the simplified version of the writing folders, simply add your name and email to the box below.