Keeping track of absent student's work throughout the day can get time consuming! I found these absent student folders on TPT and love them!! Basically, it is just a laminated folder that all of the papers that the student would have gotten throughout the day goes in. Instead of the student coming back to their desk covered in papers, they all stay contained until they complete the work. Once the work is complete, the students turn it in in the folder. I made about 8 just in case a few disappear. Here is the link for the absent folders. If you are not into the owls, there are several others to choose from!
I don't try to cut the pockets, I just lay the work inside.
Here is another design I used before I found the owls: