One of my biggest pet peeves is losing the focus of my class. The phone rings, a barfing child, or an element to a lesson that is still in the cabinet are all normal events for any classroom! But how do I make that time to where the kids are busy? How do I keep them busy when I HAVE to be busy with something else?
STOP and WORK folders! These are fun little folder I put together every year for my kids that keep them busy! I preload folders with 10 sheet protectors (because they are dry erase) and throughout the year I change what goes in and out of them! So the kids can always just grab their folder and get to work!
In the folders I put any number of things! Basically whatever we are working on I can put a copy in the folder so the kids have a version to practice. Right now here are a few things that are in the folder:
(Stop by my blog to see how to use these pages in different ways!)
I also have letter tracing pages, number writing pages, a ten frame, and so much more! I literally just take worksheets that the kids need to practice and have the kids place them in the folder. Lower students could have shape tracing, line practice, and much, much, more!