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I loved this today when I saw it on Pinterest. It is an absent student folder that is kept on the desk of the absent student and filled with the work completed that day. At first, I thought it was a little primary for my middle school kiddos, but then I started thinking about the responsibility that the kiddos could have.
So, this is what I decided to do. I made 7 absent student folders. I needed to make it more middle school looking, so I did a Google search for clip art of sick animals and found some great pictures. I put the title of "Absent Folder" with the caption "Here is what we did while you were out..." underneath it. I then took some scrapbook paper and glued my label to it. I then laminated the whole folder. What I love about this is that I (or a group member, preferably) can use a dry erase marker and write the student's name on it. Everything can be collected and the folder can be put back in a designated spot for the absent student to pick up when they return. I like this better than absent folders in a bin. That means I have to remember, usually, to file the assignment. I like the idea that it is out on the desk and that the group members take care of their classmates.
Here is my version: