This assignment stick serves so many purposes in my classroom. From classroom management to organization. Every teacher should utilize one in their classroom. It is very easy and inexpensive to make your own.
YARDSTICK (found at Lowes or Home Depot for a reasonable price)
FILE FOLDERS -plastic or card stock (I used card stock file folders and laminated them. If you use plastic ones there is no need to laminate.)
PRINTED NUMBERS (You can create your own or use the ones I created HERE)
STEP 1: Cut the file folders into strips the same width as your yardstick. The length does not matter at this point, so cut the strips as long as the file folder.
STEP 2: Cut and glue the numbers on each strip. You are able to fit numbers 1-20 on the yardstick. At this point you would laminate the strips if you used card stock.
STEP 3: Begin wrapping the yardstick with the duck tape. You will notice where I started taping, not at the end of the stick. There is a reason for that. While taping each strip it will cover the entire stick except for about the last third of the stick.
STEP 4: You then begin taping each strip to the stick, beginning with last strip. Line it up with the edge of the stick and tape the opposite end. Working your way backwards line up the next strip, making sure not to cover the previous number. This is where it gets a little tricky. You need to make sure you tape the proceeding strips allowing enough width for the student’s paper to cover the number. I allowed for 8.5 inches, the standard width of a sheet of paper. This is also where you will begin trimming the length of the strip. Keep a sheet of paper nearby to measure. Repeat this step until you get to the end.
Please notice you will need to put a small strip on on top the number 1.
The video below shows exactly how to utilize the Assignment Stick to its full potential!