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Getting Everything Absolutely Ready (G.E.A.R. Binders)

My fourth grade colleagues and I decided to use M.O.O.S.E. Binders with our students this year. However, we changed the name to G.E.A.R., which stands for “Getting Everything Absolutely Ready.”

Here’s what a completed G.E.A.R. Binder looks like:

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

5 thoughts on “Getting Everything Absolutely Ready (G.E.A.R. Binders) Leave a comment

  1. Yep. School paid for the binders, the pockets, the sheet protectors and the zip pouches. I provided my own zip pouch supplies since I wanted certain things to be inside. 🙂


  2. I love binders! I have so many from all the classes I used to take and teach. I still use them for filing important papers, some bookkeeping paperwork and scrapbooking ideas. Using tabs to further organize always helps me find just what I’m looking for.

    It is such an important activity to teach your students to help them learn how to organize their paperwork. I think that is great if the school budget pays for these notebooks?


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