One of my goals for this year is to bring you more detailed posts on the most frequently asked questions I get…. this is a big one!
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Adapted books changed my way of teaching. As a new teacher years ago, I spent my nights creating more and more books to meet the needs of my students. I just loved how the hands on learning would help them to soar! They have become much more common since then… but many people are still asking the best way to prep them… so here are all my tips!
DO YOU CUT BEFORE YOU LAMINATE?
To start prepping adapted books, first you would print the books and laminate. The age old question… do you cut before you laminate? …. My answer…. NO!!! If you use the scotch laminator (affiliate link) and Amazon Basics laminating sheets (affiliate link) there is NO REASON for you to waste your time cutting twice! I laminate the sheets I print, then I cut them out!
Once your book is laminated, it’s time to bind! I use the Rubicoil Binding Machine (affiliate link) and you can read my tutorial for binding here! I prefer to use a coil binding machine because it is long lasting, and you’ll find out the rest in that post. I punch holes in each page individually ( only one sheet at a time if laminated) then I add the coil.
BUT WAIT… I WANT A LANDING PAGE!
Some adapted books come with a landing page. This is the size of two book pages, and gives you a spot to store your pieces so they do not get lost. Students pull the piece from the landing page to the correct book page. If you have a landing page, punch holes in it and bind it right behind the rest of the book. If you don’t have a landing page- it’s simple to make one! Laminate a blank piece of cardstock. Cut to the same length as the book but double wide, punch holes in one side, and bind it behind your book!
I prefer to add velcro strips to my landing page so they are easier for students to place them back on the page. You can add velcro dots to the boxes on each adapted book page. I prefer to use back here for students that may have visual impairments.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR MATERIALS?
Well, amazon of course. No but really, most of it comes from amazon… with the exception of velcro– which i get from Feiner Supply. I buy the big rolls of dots and strips in bulk… you get WAY more for the money. If you have a teacher buddy go in on an order together and you will save tons of money this way!
The book you can see me prepping here can be found in my tpt store: Flip It Categories!
I’ll link my amazon supplies below (affiliate links):
Once I figured out my prepping system, it became a lot faster! Make sure you have the materials to get the job done quickly AND keep your resources lasting forever!
Disclosure: This post will contain affiliate links. You don’t pay any more, but if you purchase from my link I get a small commission. This allows me to try everything out that I recommend to you and keep my blog running smoothly (so a sincere thanks for clicking my links!))
If you would like to see another tutorial just let me know in the comments! I love doing these!