To make my doodle book, I used the Paper Monster comb binder from MyBinding.com. I love it! It punches up to 8 regular pages at a time, or 1 piece of clear plastic (for a report cover). It has a tray below that collects the little pieces of paper so it doesn't make a mess. The handle locks when it's not in use. It's super lightweight and is easy to store.
Here are all the goodies Tarragon and the My Binding team sent me. I got the comb binder machine, plastic combs, plastic sheets for report covers, and a pack of textured polkadot paper for report covers, as well. I got the hook up! It may have been because they are headquartered in a suburb of my old town: Hillsboro, OR! :)
To use, you insert the paper into the machine and push down on the handle on top to punch. The stop guide is ajustable, but I just left it alone, since I would be cutting regular-sized copy paper.
Here is my paper, perfectly cut!
I messed up punching my cover and had to re-print it. That made me mad!
I made sure to stick the paper in ALL the way this time and it cut perfectly.
Now it's time to open the comb. You stick it on the bottom with the tines (not sure if this is the right word) facing towards you when they open.
Pull the little lever on the right to open the comb.
Insert your paper. This blue sheet is my back cover. Push the lever back up to close the comb and take the book off the machine.
Ta-da! All done!
I also made my teacher assistant a lesson plan book to go with a component of our reading program. In Houghton Mifflin Reading, the Phonics Library book lessons are in the teacher's manual. I like to teach these in small groups, not whole class. I copied each of these lesson plans, added some directions that I pieced together from resources shared with me from my fabulous friends Laura (from Teacher Laura) and Michelle (from Third Grade Al Dente). Thanks ladies!
Click the picture to download my covers and plans from Google Drive!
I made a 5 day plan. This will be easy for an aide or parent volunteer to follow.
Here is the inside, copies of the Phonics Library teacher guides, shrunk down to 85% to fit on a regular size page.
There are millions of other things that I plan to comb bind. You can make:
- poetry books for your students
- vocabulary books
- science observation books
- monthly writing journals
- comb bind your lesson plan book
- daily plans for a teacher's assistant for RTI or intervention reading groups
Now for all of you - a giveaway to win your very own comb binder!
Don't forget, you can tweet or FB share this giveaway everyday for an extra 10 points! The contest ends next Friday, November 23rd!
I can't wait to see the ideas you come up with for using comb binds in your classroom!