Although spiral notebooks are MUCH cheaper, they are cheaper for a reason---they fall apart :( Last year, I had my students use spirals and the spiral bends and twists to the point where pages can't be turned. I also wanted something sturdier so that students could keep it for reference all year long.
Below are the materials I either purchased or already had in my classroom:
Here is what a cart full of 300 composition notebooks looks like...
Here is what a trunk full of 300 composition notebooks looks like...
First step, gather all supplies. Stuffing supply pouches would have been a fun job for a student helper, but I need them right when school starts, so I had to do all of this myself (with a little help from my mom and sister!).
I add a little "flag" to my highlighters. This will hopefully limit the number of highlighters that magically disappear!
I am such a huge fan of post-it tabs!! They are sold in a pack of three, but they are quite pricey, so I cut them up and place one in each supply pouch.
One thing I do NOT go cheap on is glue! Believe me, it is worth it! Wal-mart has Elmer's glue for 50 cents (thanks mom for buying these for me this year!). Again, I do not use glue sticks because they will, without a doubt lose their stick and papers will be flying out before you know it. I also write my last name on each glue bottle in hopes that these do not disappear as well.
Here is a pile of my finished supply pouches :) YIPPEE!!
I keep one supply pouch at each student desk and check each desk before they are dismissed.
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