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Cutting composition notebooks in half?
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Has anyone done this.... if so, how?


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Old 07-08-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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I would love to do this too!
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Someone said in another post that they went to Kinkos. I was wondering the same thing.
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Hmmm... I'll have to check Kinkos. What do you then use them for? I was thinking of each student having a vocabulary notebook or for morning work (Daily Math, DOL).
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where to get them cut, but I'm wondering what everyone is using them for. I'm game for a new idea!


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I'm not sure why you would cut the books in half. I used these books as journals first thing in the morning for first grade! I tried to find the primary ones with the bigger lines.
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I did cut them my first year
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I used the paper cutter in the school's workroom sections of pages at a time, then wire cutters for the spiral. With half journals it was just right for 2nd graders to journal each morning. It was not an overwhelming blank page for the slower kids, and I got he journals for .10 and by cutting them in half only spent .05 per journal. ( just realized the ones I use are not composition notebooks - they are cheep spirals from Wallmart)

That said, the next year (last year) I did not want to go to the effort so I gave them the whole journal and really modeled how to use the whole page and continue what they had started by adding today's date....

If you have a better way to cut them I would love to try it. I am all about cutting cost so I can spend money on other things like my mortgage. :-)
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My in-laws own a print shop and they have a super-powered paper cutter guillotine. It would slice through a stack of composition books with NO problem and incredible accuracy. If you really want to do it, I would suggest phoning around to some different print shops to ask for a quote. It wouldn't take them long AT all to cut a class set.
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I saw the MEAD primary composition books at WalMart yesterday... they were pricey. If anyone finds a deal, post up!

I originally asked about cutting comp books in 1/2... I just thought it would be a good way to use them for math journal and _____ journal. I still plan to have a full-size comp book for them.
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I saw comp books on sale at Target yesterday for $0.50
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The Black and Decker powered scissors? I bet they would cut through fairly easily. I have one and I've cut through thick cardboard without a problem. I received it as a gift and you can get it at Target for about $20.00 (I have seen it for less when it was on sale). Our art teacher has two and thinks they're the best. She's the one that bought me mine.
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Made some calls
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Ok.. I just made some call to my local copy shops/print shops. Got 3 different answers on the cutting prices and ALL said they would/could do it.

Shop #1 = $2.00/cut and could cut 2 at a time.
Shop #2 = $1.00/cut and couldn't tell me how many/how thick of a stack
Shop#3 = 50 cents/cut and said she can probably do 4-5 books at a time

SO! Shop #3 is winner..winner...
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p.s. Walmart had comp books in all types of black/white motifs and even yellow, green marbled for 25 cents.
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I am pretty sure my friend had them cut at Lowe's and I don't think they charged her anything. If they did, it was a minimal charge. You might want to check there or Home Depot.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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I teach k and I was thinking I would cut them in half too. I could use one-half for word/picture sorts and the other half for writing. I don't know...just thinking
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My husband cuts them on his bandsaw.
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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I did this two years ago when I taught 2nd. They were PERFECT for morning daily sentences and daily math problems. We also used the "minibooks" for a reading response notebook. They kids loved using them because they didn't have the daunting task of filling up an entire page in a regular notebook.

I used scissors to cut the paper and wire cutters to cut the spiral. Using scissors didn't make them perfect, but I favor saving money over perfection. The wire cutters were really easy to use. Just make sure to bend the edges because the freshly cut wire is really sharp.

Love new uses for school supplies!!
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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Stapes have first grade compostion book for 99 cent.
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