Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Reader's Workshop Binder

My prized possession in my classroom is my Reader's Workshop binder.  It has all the data I need and it's all in one place.  And it's BIG!  You can't really tell from the picture, but this baby is huge.  I think it's  a 3-inch binder?

Here's the cover:

I got the beautiful cover from somewhere in blog-world, but for the life of me I can't remember.  If it's yours or you know who made it, let me know so I can give them credit!

On the inside cover, I have two pages back-to-back in a sheet protector.  The front side is my students names and their levels during each month of the school year (no pic for privacy).  The back side has correlation levels:

We use Guided Reading Levels, Rigbys and DRAs in our school.  This chart helps me keep all those numbers and letters straight!  A colleague made a pretty colored one for us for next year though!

Next, I have a pocket for each student.  Their names are on the tabs on the right.  In the pocket are any assessments I do with that student.

Behind the pocket, I have a chart that shows how the child is progressing throughout the year compared to where they should be.

{This kid did great!}

After that, I have a CAFE menu for each student.  I place a check next to the ones the student has mastered. 

And finally, I have my anecdotal notes for each child.  I take notes on an Avery label and then stick in the binder later on.

You can get this chart in my {TpT} store for free!

So that's what my Reading Workshop binder looks like!  What's in your binder?


  1. Wow....I am impressed!! That's quite a binder (inside and out!!)

    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

  2. That's a great looking binder. I am hoping to get more organized this year. Thank you for sharing. : )

    1. Hopefully I've inspired you! I'm kinda crazy organized lol

  3. Love your binder! Mine has some similar elements and is just as heavily guarded!! I love the plastic pocket tabs - aren't they the best?! And I think your anecdotal notes are great. Mine are on index cards. I have one large card for each kid, and I put it in the group pocket. Once I fill up the card, I file it in one of those little card file boxes.
    I blogged about it a while back: http://buzzingwithmsb.blogspot.com/2012/02/guided-reading-vitamins-in-your-reading.html

    But if you do check it out, please don't judge my tacky cover. Yours is so lovely. I promise I made a pretty one for next year!!
    Buzzing with Ms. B

    1. I like the idea of index cards too!

  4. This is so beautifully organized! You deff pack a lot of punch into those 3 inches of binder - very impressive!! (And pretty)

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  5. This is great Sara! So nicely organized!

    Delighted in Second

  6. Love this idea too! I have never used a binder to keep all this info..but plan on starting this year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

    1. You're welcome - I'm glad I inspired you!

  7. I love how you use pockets for every child - so much easier than going through everything and hole punching it!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

    1. Yes it is easier! My papers are all printed to the very edge so hole punching my papers cuts off some of the information - not good!

  8. Ok, I have to do it next year. I have a DATA binder, but it sometimes feels all over the place... this seems clean and easy. SOLD!! :)

    The Learning Tree

  9. This binder looks amazing! I have a similar binder but not as organized or with as many details. This is just the inspiration I need to get my act together. Thanks Sara!

    Apples and Papers

  10. Looks fabulous! We also keep a binder and it's so helpful with keeping everything organized and more importantly, all at our finger tips. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Christy & Tammy

  11. I always SMILE when I come to your blog! :-) So cheerful!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend!

  12. Great organization...I'm going to use this next year! One ? Where do you get that page that shows where a student should be? This is the pg (Behind the pocket, I have a chart that shows how the child is progressing throughout the year compared to where they should be.) Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, I only have a hard copy of that chart. Someone in my district made it and gave me a copy. If I can figure out how to make it on my own, I will definitely post it!

  13. We must need to differentiate every possible fact which must be made by the students while writing their own statements, furthermore they will be able to form more credential piece ideas in this regard. check sentence is correct or not


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