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Don't you hate those ginormous journals that have stuff just pouring outta them and every paper starts to get folded and tattered because the journal won't shut???  Well, I have a solution.... and sound like I am on an infomercial!! 

I have had some questions in the past about closing the journals.  I wrote about it, but pictures make it so much easier to understand:)   You will need:
Rubber Bands!!!  Walmart has this big ole bag for about $5.00.  I used 80 rubber bands and didn't even put a dent into this bad-boy of a bag.

Also needed: Handy-dandy hole punch.  You can see how enormous the rubber bands are here. 
Step 1:  Punch hole in the back top outside corner.  I didn't do it on the bottom so kids would be less tempted to play with it.
Step 2:  Put the rubber band through the hole like this:
Step 3:  Take the large loop and go through the small loop like this:
Step 4: Pull the longer loop tight:
TA-DA!!!!!




Now you can close that journal that is overflowing with knowledge and foldables!!!!!


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6 comments:

  1. That's a great idea - I'm planning on doing foldables with our math journals this year, so I'll need to remember this trick.

    Jen
    Runde's Room

  1. Great idea!

  1. Leslie, I just found your blog and I'm loving looking through all your old posts! I teach first grade and have for many many years, but I secretly think I want to teach the older kids, 5th or 6th. It looks so fun!

  1. Love the idea. I will be trying it with my kids' notebooks. They quickly become 3" thick monsters. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Awesome!Sharing this on my blog and definitely using it in my classroom! Thanks!

  1. That's freaking genius! Thanks for the tip! We also put a ribbon bookmark. Some fabric glue on the back cover and ta-da!

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