Creating a binding for single sheets of notebook paper elevates groups of papers into something more precious. I’ve recently written some posts on my current favorite way of binding loose papers. The printable hand-out above goes into detail with the steps of using a pipe-cleaner binding to make a handsome folder. When I made this with Indian Lake students we used colored papers for the covers; when the students I worked with in Saratoga Springs made it, we used black covers. Either way, they looked great.
Click on the image on the left for a black & white version of the above hand-out.
The students have been filling these folder with their collections of pictures and facts. Good, solid, serious stuff. Personally, I have been enjoying just decorating them.