MUST Have: Privacy Resource Folders

When we hear, “Teacher, how do you spell…?” We know we have not fostered the independence in learning that our students need.

One goal we all have for our first graders is for them to become more self-sufficient learners. We want to empower our students to seek out the resources they need to answer the questions they have, rather than relying on the teacher.

Empowered Learners are:

  • resourceful
  • independent
  • efficient
  • helpful
  • responsible
  • and PROUD!

We empower our students when we provide and teach our students how to use:

First-grade teachers and students alike LOVE our privacy resource folders! They are used every day! See the product HERE.

These Privacy Resource Folders are great tools for:

  • students who need quiet time and/or privacy when working
  • testing
  • students who need a break from a chatty neighbor
  • students who need help with spelling a sight word (choose from 1st Grade Houghton Mifflin sight words, 1st 100 Fry Words or 1st 200 Fry Word Lists)
  • short vowel, long vowel and digraph resource 
  • 10 frame practice with dry erase markers (can write on and wipe off)
  • place value mat resource (can use place value blocks or write on/wipe off)
  • 120 number grid resource use/number practice
  • math games that use a number grid
  • 1-20 number line resource use/number practice
  • telling time (blank clock for write on/wipe off practice)
  • handwriting practice with letter/number formation (write on/wipe off practice)
  • coin identification
  • mapping skills with a US map (hint: highlight the state in which you live prior to laminating)

After many variations over the years, our 1st-grade team selected the resources that are most valuable to our students. We used this version for several years and absolutely quickly learned that we couldn’t live without it.

How to Make Privacy Resource Folders: 

We use a large piece of poster board and cut in half, allowing for 2 privacy folders. 2 file folders glued or taped together could do just as well. Then we fold the poster board into thirds. Then glue 3 literacy resources on one side (sight word list, sounds, and handwriting) and 3 math resources on the other (120 number grid, 10 frames/place value grids and time/coins/map). Then we laminate for durability and fold into thirds.

Hint: The first year we made these, I allowed students to keep their privacy resource folders in their chair pockets. They had them handy whenever they needed them, BUT they were trashed by the end of the year and I had to make new ones the following year. So the next year I kept them on a shelf and students were allowed to get them when needed. They have stayed beautiful for 3 years now! Every once in awhile we need to clean them off with dry erase cleaner if students are using dry erase markers on them. 

Literacy Side of Folder

Notice below I highlighted our state, Colorado. I did this prior to sending to the print shop since that page was printed in color anyway.

Math Side of Folder
1st 100 Fry Words
1st 200 Fry Words
1st Grade Houghton Mifflin Sight Words (High-Frequency Words)
Write-On, Wipe-Off Handwriting Practice and/or Resource
Sounds Resource
120 Number Grid and Number Line Resource
Write-On, Wipe-Off 10 Frames and Place Value and/or Resource
Write-On, Wipe-Off Clock, Coins and US Map Resource

Let me know if you have questions. Again, our team and our students can’t live without our Privacy Resource Folders! Get them now so you can make them over the summer and have them ready to go for back to school! 

Get them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! 


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