I organize my lessons by subject- and everything that would go with that- so for example, in my China file, I have background info for dragons, dragon visual, scroll painting info, handouts, map, etc. I do some chinese in 3rd and fifth, but different lessons.
In my Egypt folcer, I have everything needed to support what they are learning. I don't put the lesson plan in there, as I have those in binders. I also have files labled as snowflakes, Mayan, Black History month, etc.
Betsy, (who has had to be offline due to internet problems for three weeks!)
possible grade level (I teach K-5), theme, artist...? Many lessons overlap - should I photocopy ideas and put them in more than one folder? For instance, let's say I have a great lesson on Chinese painting that I would use with 5th grade...does that go in a