are tools that contain information for students to use for writing, math or
science.† Teachers from all over the country are creating these
mini-offices to provide their students with information they need
popular form of the mini-office is the writing mini-office.†
There are also math, reading, and science versions as well.
will find a wealth of information on how to create mini-offices for
your students as well as downloadable sheets and links to other
teachers' sites.† Enjoy!
to the teachers at the Second Grade Club for their ideas and their
Directions on Making Mini-Offices There are different
variations on how teachers make mini-offices but these
directions are based on how I created my mini-offices.
1 mini-office: 2-3 file folders, worksheets, glue, and contact
Depending on how
long you want your mini-offices to be, choose 2-3 file folders
and glue them together side to side.† Download the sheets
you want to use and a cover sheet.† (I used many sheets
that were black & white to save on color ink!) Cut your sheets
and start placing them on your panels of your mini-offices
until you have it organized. This could be challenging if you
have a lot of sheets you want to add. I had to cut down some
of the charts so that they could fit on a panel.† Glue
and let dry.† Laminate.† You can also use large
clear mailing/packaging tape to laminate them (this is a
you have older students): If you want colorful sheets, have
your students color in their charts, etc.† Then assemble
your sheets onto the file folders.† Or have your students
assemble the mini-offices themselves.
Pictures of Mini-Offices Here are sample
mini-offices created by me and by other teachers.
This writing mini-office
was made using 3 folders to make four panels.†
math mini-office was made using 2 file folders to make three
by Marilyn Lamont:
Sheets for Your Mini-Offices
Here you will find sheets and
forms from Busy Teacher's Cafe and other great teachers who
have been generous enough to contribute their work.† Pick
and choose the sheets you want to put on your mini-offices
based on needs, skills, subject, and grade level of your
students. †HAVE FUN!
Forms from Busy
**Note: Some of the
charts created by BTC gradually increase in grade level. Use
only the parts you need and cut out what is not appropriate
for your grade level. For example, the end of the punctuation
chart is more advanced, so a first grade teacher would most
likely just use the beginning parts of the chart and cut off