Organizing Running Records

July 7, 2014

Organizing Running Records

July 7, 2014
Running Records. Love the assessments, can’t stand storing the materials. You should have seen the mess I’ve had over the years. Oh wait, you can! I have photographic evidence…
(promise not to pin these two pics?)

So I knew this would be the a great project for me to tackle this summer for Tara’s Monday Made It:

http://4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com/2014/07/monday-made-it-summer-week-6.html

Since I work with an international class of EL newcomers and mainstream students (all 5th grade) I encounter quite the range of reading levels…so I need both of the benchmark kits for our running record assessments.

But they are just awful.

The folders are jam-packed and totally disorganized. And they have to hold both the fiction and nonfiction materials, which leads to this:

 and this:
(don’t pin these either please, HA!)
So I decided to do away with those separate kits and bought a huge file box. I also purchased green and blue hanging files (to keep consistent with the green and blue benchmark kits I used to have). 
Most importantly, I bought enough folders to separate the fiction and nonfiction testing materials for each reading level:

which means I can easily get into each folder and grab exactly what I need:

 (I have these labels to share at the end of this post)
I decided not to make a label for this box (shocking, huh?) as it’s pretty obvious what it is. But I did want to adorn it with some necessary information…namely some district charts I tend to misplace each trimester.
So I typed up the charts and used a little color-coding to identify the benchmark levels for each grade (the numbers on the left chart are used to enter data online for each level). Then I laminated the charts and velcroed them to the box, so I could grab them when needed:
And I did the same on the other side of the box, for the primary grade levels:
Now I have everything I need, all in one happy, organized box!
If you would like to use the file folder labels, please click on the image below:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ARzMSbNzXNbDNRMmNFRnNlNUE/edit?usp=sharing
This system would also work well for organizing your guided reading materials. Hmmm…I may have just found my next Monday Made It project! 
I hope some of you can use the file, thanks for visiting!

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