I have been doing sketchbooks in elementary for a few years now(4?). I
highly recommend them. I was given some different papers, some heavier and
pebble surface, others blue, etc, but I used these for covers. I give each
student-3-5th gr. ten pc of xerox
paper. Then a 9x12 pc. of heavy paper for the cover. We fold these in half
to make a book, and then staple them , while open flat, on the 'spine'. I
use one of the looonnnggg staplers- made to do books,- I'm sure most schools
have one. For 6th gr, I use the book binding machine and buy the plastic
binders for them. They get twenty pc of paper- we add if necessary
throughout the year. Anyway, not alot of $$ spent, and my point is to get
them used to having them, and a basic necessity. We take out notes and do
our preliminary ideas in them, etc. They really like them, and the process
isn't so big, that I can't whip one out for newcomers.
I have also asked parents, on occasion to make extras.
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