This past weekend, I rigged up a little system to help me keep all of these different papers (and my sanity). It has been working really nicely so far.
I used an old file box I had and a file folder for each student (the colors don’t mean anything, they’re just leftover folders). I put the folders in alphabetical order by first name (we do this a lot for sorting). This makes it easier for me to file specific work away for the students.
I’ve been running off the work a few days ahead, then just sorting it by skill. The yellow folder in the back is for the completed work (like you can’t see the label lol!).
This is one example of the work that I file. We have Everyday Math as our curriculum and I do enjoy many parts of it. However (and especially in 5th grade) this math series can be extremely challenging to students with limited fact mastery.
So I use Spaceship Math for math minutes each day. Spaceship Math is great because it cycles up through the facts (for instance all the zeroes and ones for multiplication) and there are four worksheets within each skill set (if that makes sense!). Since I’ve had many new students arrive I now have some of my students working on beginning multiplication facts, others working on speed and accuracy in the more difficult multiplication facts, and still others practicing very basic addition.
The worksheets are labeled, but are a bit tough to see. So I use a Sharpie to label the version (A3 represents the 3rd addition paper) and A or M in the right hand corner (for Addition or Multiplication).
This makes it easier to sort and correct.
So, now we are working on math minutes all at the same time…but at the level needed for each student.
In addition to these math minutes, I’ve been adding other skill papers to each file. These are used during the math workshop I am still trying to pull together efficiently (ugh) as part of each students’ independent work.
This file system has really helped me refocus and make sure everyone has the work they need the most. The kids, of course, love it (though I’m afraid my type-A tendencies are rubbing off on them!). I’m thinking of making a couple more of these boxes, for Spelling and Reading. Here are the files for the math work, in case you would like them: