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Lesson Plans

re: portfolios/storage

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 15:25:30 -0600

Hi DeDe,
I teach K-12 and I keep all their work in portfolios until
May. We made large portfolios (11x17") out of rolls of heavy
paper that was donated from some company. You could also use
brown grocery bags. You have to tape up the sides (the bottom
is a fold). I let them decorate them with a border (discuss
patterns, borders, etc) and then put clear tape on the sides to
seal up. Then I use colored masking tape to put their name in
the top left corner, on the front. Each class has a different
color of tape. I store them in large cardboard boxes by grade
level. These go in one of my cabinets, two boxes on a shelf
(k-1 on bottom, 2-3 in middle, 4-5 on top shelf). The kids have
access to their portfolios whenever they have free time. They
can add to the cover design or take out a piece they have not
finished (maybe they were absent, etc) and work on it, if I have
those materials available. Often, they will choose to use a
"waterless" media to finish something (ie: marker, colored
pencil, etc instead of paint).
Some of them do "hem and haw" about not getting to take stuff
home. This year I'm at a new school that had never had art
before. I am sure some of the parents are wondering what we do
up here. But I try to display most things and now the kids are
really excited about Gallery Night. Most of them here didn't
even know what a gallery was, and were really revved up that
their work was going to be displayed at an EVENING event, for
their parents!!

Good luck,