Last year, I had a simple homework log that I used for all of my students. It was mostly successful, so long as I remembered to make my photocopies before Monday morning. All the students needed to do was copy the homework into their log under the correct day. Simple. Every Monday, they'd receive a new log and throw out the old. Great. Except for long term assignments. Or deadlines that might fall on the next week. I did include a "special reminders" box, but I still noticed some students having no concept of time and how close next Tuesday really is! So for those students, I started working on a student planner.
Truthfully, I was also inspired by the Erin Condren planner that just shipped today (exciting!). My instragram is filled with teachers loving all over their new organizational pieces for the school year, and I thought it would be great for my students to have something similar to begin the school year.
I started out by creating calendars:
These two page calendars will be great for students who need a visual reminder about time management. Also, the boxes are big enough for students to copy a few lines of homework assignments, as long as their handwriting is reasonable!
Then I created one page calendars for students who might still need a traditional homework log:
From the calendars and the log, the planner started to grow. I thought about other areas in which I want my students to be more responsible. A huge focus in my school is on having students monitor their progress and self assess. So I created some easy to use data collection sheets:
I also want them to track the number of books they've read. Our school sets a goal of 25, and I know many bloggers who participate in Donalyn Miller's 40 book challenge. This is a simple sheet to keep students on target. (Also, RL5.10 CCSS is "By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.")
Of course goal setting is also super important, so I made two goal setting sheets. The first one allows space for students to list three goals. The second allows room for an action plan and perhaps a deadline down at the bottom.
And a few additional forms for kids to keep track of birthdays, long term deadlines and events and a weekly reflection.
That's my three year old! She won't need this binder for many years!
I think you can see from these pictures that it isn't just for those kids that really struggle with organization. I had more than a few girls last school year that would really swoon over a little binder or folder filled with these sheets!
You can take a look at the listing on TpT: HERE (It's on sale for the next week!)
And you can grab the goal sheet with action plan sheet HERE
So what started out as a quick calendar project ballooned into about 60 pages of color and 60 pages of grayscale forms! Want one? Leave me a comment below with one awesome organizational tip and your email address before 7pm on Friday August 22, 2014. I'll choose two winners and email you the file :)