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Estimates the time to complete each lesson element.


Gaining Attention (3–5 minutes) Direct students toWB page 21.Read the comic aloud.Engage students in a discussion:What’s happening in this comic? How is a binder like a filing cabinet?What kind of problems might Sara be having with her binder?What is stressful about having a disorganized binder? How can having an organized binder help you to be a better student?

Gaining Attention: With the exception of Lessons 1 and 16, each lesson begins with a brief discussion of the Workbook comic introducing the skill that is the topic of the lesson.

Communicating the Objectives (2 minutes) In today’s class,students will learn about the first organizational tool in the Middle SchoolTool Shed:A Goof-Proof Binder.They will learn that having an organized binder can make middle school life easier,how to organize their binders so they can store, retrieve and locate papers,homework and information quickly and keep papers neat and unwrinkled. [Remind students that if a teacher has expressed a preference for organizing a class binder, they must follow the teacher’s instructions. A Goof-Proof Binder is for classes in which a teacher has not expressed a preference.] Presentation of Content (20 minutes) [Write highlighted content on the board.] How to Assemble a Goof-Proof Binder. [If you have selected Activity B for this lesson,proceed directly to the Activity,as it incorporates the Presentation of Content. If you have selected Activity A,use the subject divider, sheet protector,binder paper and 2-pocket folder to model the assembly of a Goof- Proof Binder section as you present the content.] 1. Separate papers,homework and handouts by class! Use subject dividers to separate papers by class! The first step to creating a Goof-Proof Binder is to use subject dividers to create a separate section for each class. [If available,provide a sample subject divider for students to see.] Plastic subject dividers are best,because they are strong and won’t tear and fall out of the binder.Label the subject divider with the name of the class or activity. Only papers for that class go in that section! 2. Preserve and protect important class handouts! Use sheet protectors to preserve important class handouts! Ask students if they can think of any handouts that should be kept in their binders for the entire,or at least a large part of the school year (i.e., reading list,syllabus,class schedule,study guide, rubric,etc.). [If available, distribute or display sample sheet protectors.Let students practice putting papers into the sheet protectors.] Use sheet protectors to preserve important papers! Students should place important handouts in sheet protectors,directly behind the subject dividers.That way, they are easy to find for reference.Store three or four extra sheet protectors in the binder.

Communicating the Objectives: Tells students what they will be able to do as a result of the lesson.

Presentation of Content: Contains instruction on skills and strategies. Note: Highlighted content is written on the board by the instructor as the lesson is presented. (In Spring 2010, the highlighted content will be available on PowerPoint at

How to Organize a Goof-Proof Binder™! PRODUCT PREVIEW 17

3. Binder paper: Keep 20–25 sheets of binder paper in each class section. Place 20–25 sheets of wide-ruled binder paper behind the sheet protector section for in-class writing,notes and homework. 4. A 2-pocket (poly-pocket) folder holds handouts and homework. Short term handouts,homework and forms for parent signatures or review go in a 2-pocket folder. A 2-pocket folder goes in each class section,behind the binder paper.The left pocket is labeled “Handouts andWorksheets”and holds all short term handouts and worksheets.The right pocket is labeled“Homework/Graded Papers/Signed Forms.” It holds papers that go to and from school and home. [Pass around a sample three hole-punched Poly-pocket folder, labeled correctly.] 5. Some Never-Do’s: Never shove papers loose into your backpack! Keep an extra 2-pocket folder in your backpack to temporarily hold papers. Never shove papers loose into your locker! Never let old papers clutter up your binder.A binder is not for long term storage of school papers! Clutter-bust binders every two weeks. Direct students toWB page 30.Review and discuss the graphic of a fully assembled Goof-Proof Binder section. Letter to Parent (5 minutes) Students reference the content written on the board by the instructor to complete the S.O.S.™ Letter to Parent or Caregiver. Assign Homework (2 minutes) • ReadWB pages 30 and 31 and complete the exercise on pages 32–33. (Collect scores for assessment.) • ReadWB pages 36–46 to prepare for the next class. • Students obtain supplies and assemble at least one subject section of their binder to be Goof-Proof! (Schedule binder checks for assessment.) Activity (15–20 minutes) Select Activity“A”or“B”from the Activities Guide on IG page 27.

Letter to Parent: (Optional) At the conclusion of each lesson, students reference the highlighted content the instructor has written on the board to complete a letter to parents or caregivers describing the skills learned that day. (Reproduced at and available on PowerPoint in Spring 2010.) Activity: A Lesson Activities Guide follows each lesson plan. Select from a variety of fun and effective activities for students of all needs and ability levels. IG = Instructor’s Guide Assign Homework: Indicates the Workbook reading and/or exercises to be completed for the next S.O.S. lesson. May include optional or additional homework selections.


The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling theWorld! Instructor’s Guide


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