Extra paper storage...Part I

It's a busy time of year...science fair, field trips, fifth grade activities...lots of stuff going on! This means lots of papers going home and (in the case of my class, at least) lots of extra papers floating around.

I have mailboxes (aka shoe organizers) for work/forms to be sent home. I usually stuff the extra papers in one slot of the mailbox. But that makes it kind of hard to find certain forms (like those elusive Science Fair papers everyone suddenly needs!).

So I decided to set up a few folders to hold different papers...one for flyers, one for forms to be filled out, one for our extra worksheets, etc.

For each folder/paper holder, I just cut the folder in half. Then I glued the sign on and stapled off the open edge of the cut folder. Tomorrow I will hang them on the wall near our mailboxes.

One more picture, with some papers inside...

I have a Part II coming tomorrow...(nothing too enthralling, but there will be printable files again!!).

The files for these signs are below (I put a few different kids on each sign).

What do you do with all of your extra papers?? I hope this will help keep mine under control!

Extra Papers sign


  1. Such a great idea! I try to file all of my extras...we know what that leads to. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Fantastic, this is perfect for students who are out of the room when I pass out papers. Thanks.

    Ms. M

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  4. Great idea. I'll put it to good use.


  5. I love this idea, but I'm having trouble figuring out how you made it. What kind of folder did you use, a manilla folder or a student folder with pockets or something else? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I'd love to make some to use in my classroom.

  6. Thanks, it's just a regular pocket folder cut in half :)


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