So - today I have a super easy and quick idea for all of you who don't want multiple folders in your students' desks! You can make your own 4-pocket folders from two 2-pocket folders without needing staples, tape, binding machines, or anything else! Of course, you could make them even larger IF you want to cut up folders and use a binding machine, but I think the basic 4-pocket folder will work fantastic for a writing folder or a 4-subject folder!
You will need:
- Two 2-pocket folders, one WITH brads and one WITHOUT brads (I grabbed some last night at Walmart for 15-cents each, but many stores will be offering 1-cent or 5-cent deals coming up in the back to school sales too!)
- Three-hole punch
- Labels to label the pockets (see below for some I already have made up for you!)
1. Take the folder that does NOT have the brads, and turn it inside out so the pockets are on the outside.
2. Three-hole punch the open EDGE (not the folded edge)
3. Insert the holes onto the brads in your other folder and close up.
4. Affix your labels and you are set to go!
Super simple, right? Of course since the middle folder is not closed up, you may see a gap, but it really should not matter. If it drives you insane, you can always take a few extra minutes to glue it shut though.
I did try to place more than one folder and when I did, the middle pockets were not able to be opened freely since they were attached at the brads. You could certainly try some different combinations, but I found just one folder to work perfectly.
Below, i have some labels which match my newly completed Jungle Theme Classroom Resources and you are even able to customize the student names on the front folder label! I included labels for a writing folder to move the pages along in the writing process or for a multi-subject folder to keep those papers that are started, but not quite finished. Just have students place their paper into the correct folder and then grab it again the next day when you are ready to start your lesson!
What else could you use this handy folder trick for in your classroom? I would love to hear in the comments below!
Happy creating and enjoy your freebie labels below! (When you get to the label download page, make sure to scroll down to click on the word Download, and not just on the picture as the image is not clickable there). Thanks!