Here's what I put inside each binder. Everything is separated by tabs (except for the schedule which is the first page).
Some of my students need a more tangible schedule, and for them, I use individual pieces for a schedule or might just use a first/then board, especially if they get overwhelmed with too much information at one time.
Sign in sheet. Before my students start their job for the morning, I have them sign in. I like doing this because they get in name practice, it's an easy activity to start off the day, and it signals to them that they are ready to start their day. You signed in, you are ready to work.
name stamps to sign in (ALL of your students can and should be able to and be practicing to mark their name some way) but for the most part, if students are able to make a mark on their own, I like them to do that. We also work on initials for students who can't write their whole name. Also, students check off if they are here or write in the time when they sign in. I printed my sign in sheets from the Unique Learning System.
Personal info practice. About half of my students finish their morning job before we are ready to begin our morning meeting, so they work on their personal information during this time. They can also work on personal information if they need something to do during the day. Say plans change and I need an activity real quick, I can tell them to work on their personal info. I keep multiple pages in there, so they are always ready to go! I physically fade tracing prompts over time in order to help students learn their info and not just copy it.
Calendar page. During our morning meeting, I have students go to their calendars that they created and we cross off the days that have happened already.
Daily question journals. In our morning meeting, we go over a question of the day. Some students need a lot of time to answer this question (for example, if they are preparing it on their device), while other students are very quick and need something to do while their classmates are getting ready! I have them write a sentence or draw a picture based on the daily question during this time, and we store all of those pages under this tab.
IEP data sheets. I keep some of our data sheets in the location where the goal is worked on (for example, in their work binder or by our task boxes), but some goals don't have a specific location so I store those in their binders! Since they kept their binders with them throughout the morning (mostly because of their schedules), my paraprofessionals and I have easy access to their goals whenever I need to track something.
Extras. Our binders are also a great place to store social stories, token boards, and visual reminders that are unique for each student.
Implementing morning binders was a game changer for me. I love being able to store everything that each student needs in one place. It has made prep easier and I'm not scrambling for worksheets as we go through our typical activities. It also gives students a chance to practice responsibility as they have to keep track of their binder in the classroom.
What else would you add to your morning binders?