Friday Folder Game Works Great with Project Folders

Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to motivate students and keep them engaged in the classroom. Taking creative approaches to learning will help to reach some kids who have a tendency to get distracted.

A close friend, who is also a teacher, was recently talking to me about a new exercise that some of her coworkers had tried out in the classroom. The called it the “Friday File Folder Games” and the goal of this activity was to take a fun approach to skill practice.

Once Friday approaches, students (and teachers!) can be restless for the weekend to begin after a long week. My friend thought that these file folder games would be a great way to still accomplish things on Friday, but to make it a little more lighthearted for the kids.

So, how does it work? Basically, every student gets their own file folder. They must read the instructions, and complete the exercise within a set amount of time. Once the time is up, the kids switch folders and begin the exercise over again.

After she explained the game to me, I quickly told her that we had some office products that would be perfect for helping her set-up this exercise. Her only requirements were that the cover page must be visible and the storage place must be able to secure small, paper pieces.

C-Line's Project Folders, ClearClear folder makes it possible to see the cover page to help identify each game.

My thought was that the clear Poly Project Folders would be a great place to store the cover page, instructions and any other letter-size documents that needed to be included.

The folder was made out of acid-free, archival quality so the pages would be preserved. Additionally, the clear material made it very easy to see the cover page, stored inside the folder. The kids would be able to access the pages with ease since the folder is open on two sides.

As for the small pieces that came with some of the games, my friend would be able to use C-Line’s Write-On Poly Zip Bags. Since the bags are available in a wide range of sizes, she would have no problem locating bags to fit her pieces.

Storing the game accessories in a secure, zipper seal bag would help protect them and eliminate the risk of losing pieces. The bag can be stored directly in the project folder to keep everything together. The write-on panel is useful because teachers can write what game the pieces belong to, avoiding any confusion.

So where do you store all of these fun folder games when they are not in use? I suggested that my friend use a letter-size document case to hold all of the project folders. The case has the ability to expand to accommodate up to 500 pages. The button and loop closure will help keep all of the game items together, while providing additional protection to the documents.

The “Friday File Folder Games” sound like a wonderful way to keep learning fun in the classroom. Storing the games correctly is important to prevent damage that might occur to the pages if they are mishandled.

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