The students are dropping like flies in Room 411 now that the cold and flu season has hit! Good thing I’ve got my handy-dandy Make Up Work Folders prepped and ready to go! Before I developed these simple folders, it was a real hassle trying to get late work back from students. Just organizing all the papers and forms that go home with kids at the end of the day was a challenge. They’re easy to make and really save a busy teacher some valuable time.
While You Were Gone…
Let students know you were thinking of them when they return after an absence by having all of their assignments organized and collected in a durable pocket folder. I used clear packing tape and covered the front from edge to edge, wrapping the ends around the folder top and bottom. Voila! It works just as well as lamination…and I didn’t have to wait for the laminator to heat up.
Folders on the Go!
When a student returns to school after an absence, their Make Up Work Folder is waiting for them on their desk. The student gets to take both the assignments and the folder itself home with them in order to stay organized. When the work is completed, the student returns it all – papers and folder together – back to me. That way we both know that everything I need is in the folder and the student has met their responsibility. Now it’s on me to get it all graded!
Assignment Form for Absent Students
As soon as I know that a student is absent on any given day, I grab a folder and an Assignment Form. The form lets me list all of the assignments for the student to complete. There’s space at the bottom for any additional notes or comments (i.e., remember to get your report signed and returned). A nice feature of the form is that it also has a friendly reminder at the top about our school’s make up work policy.
Check It Off
Another thing I like about the Assignment Form is the column for students to check off work as it is finished. I find this helps my 4th graders be more responsible for getting ALL of the assignments done. I used to get a “hit or miss” approach to getting assignments returned after an absence. Now, there’s no question about what I expect to get done and returned. You can CLICK HERE to get the cover and assignment form for your own students. I used green folders to reflect our school’s colors and show some school pride, but you can use whatever folder (even a simple manila file folder) to suit yourself.