Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DIY Missing Work Folders

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Want an easy, no mess, no fuss way to keep your students organized and responsible for missing work when they are absent.  Try a "While You Were Out Folder"!


Items to Gather:

  • two pocket folder
  • checklist sheet
  • glue


Step 1: Glue a checklist sheet to the front of a two pocket folder (see the picture above)

Step 2:  Laminate.

Step 3: On the inside, write "Complete and Return" on one side of the folder.  Then write, "Keep at Home" on the other side of the folder.

Step 4: When a student is absent, place the work that is being missed for the day in the folder.  Using a wet erase marker, write the work that needs to be completed on the checklist.  (This one was made on Vista Print.)

Step 5: When the student returns, the folder has all of the work they missed and need to complete.  No missing work, no fuss, no mess.

   Other Tips/Suggestions:

I usually have about 10 of these premade.  I made the checklist on Vista Print, but you can just as easily make one on the computer, or even just put a piece of lined paper there!  This is a super easy way to keep your students organized and responsible for missing work. 


  1. I like the idea of the checklist and laminating it. I always have problems getting makeup work back from my students, maybe this will help. :)

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

    1. Thanks Kelly! This honestly has really helped me in my classroom. It makes it more "official" for the students I think!
      Teaching in Room 6


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