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Color Coded Folders

Color Coded Folders

Why should I do it:

  • Improves organization
  • Increases on task behavior
  • Increases work production
  • Improves homework completion and return
  • Helps students know what they have to do and have completed

When should I do it:

  • When a student is disorganized, unprepared, frequently missing and losing assignments
  • When students frequently fail to turn in work
  • When students are frequently looking through their things for papers, assignments, homework, etc
  • When students forget what to do or forget to bring homework back
  • When students have trouble keeping track of their things

How do I do it:

  • Give the student a different colored folder for each subject or have the parent purchase these for the child
  • Sit down and organize the child’s work into the folders, writing done on one side and to do on the other side
  • Teach the student what to do with the folders and how to use them
  • Daily or weekly have the student reorganize their folders if they get messy and disorganized
  • Have the parents daily check the students folders with them and organize assignments in them

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)


  1. Pitner, S. (2009). Organizing Tips That Teach Students Study Skills: Use a Color-Coded System With Elementary and Middle School Children. [].
  2. Painter, M. (2009). Color-Coded Wonders: Easy Homeschool Organization. [].
  3. Fleming, G. Organize Your Homework: With Color Coded Supplies. [].