Storage Bins for Non-Paper Supplies

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Last month we covered the clean-out process. Today we’ll start putting those supplies away Common-Core style.

We begin with our non-paper supplies…those hands-on items that support student learning in a variety of curriculum areas.

What else can you use storage bins for in your classroom besides paper? Stop by the blog and see for yourself!

Having supplies organized and at the ready is a timesaver that lessens prep and stress. It also makes it super easy for students to quickly get their hands on the right resource if they are given access.

What else can you use storage bins for in your classroom besides paper? Stop by the blog and see for yourself!

Let’s start with math supplies. You’ll quickly see how the organizational concepts can be applied to all curriculum areas.

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Math Supplies by Domain

As you can see, I have labeled the drawers of my plastic storage cabinet with the math domains that I teach in 4th grade. I love having all of my math manipulatives organized in one place.

When lesson planning, I donít have to prep my materials if I keep them neat, tidy and organized. These drawers become a grab-and-go-teach cabinet.

What else can you use storage bins for in your classroom besides paper? Stop by the blog and see for yourself!

Inside the drawers, centers or games should be labeled by standard with a note card in the storage bag listing the standard(s) with instructions.

When lesson planning, you’ll be able to quickly see what you have on hand and what you may need to acquire.

What else can you use storage bins for in your classroom besides paper? Stop by the blog and see for yourself!

Another bonus: If any classroom visitors want to know how that fun math game meets Common Core standards, you’ll be able to tell them – specifically – what you are working on and why.

Beyond Math: Organizing ELA and Science Items

This system makes intuitive sense for math, but don’t rule it out for other areas, even if  there are no current CCSS (like science):

  • Organize science items by unit
  • Separate language and spelling items from reading and writing

I’ll see you next month with more tips on organizing for Common Core success…I’m just getting started!

Betsy Weigle provides insights and how-to’s with a K-6 focus on her Classroom Teacher Resources website…over 350 pages of classroom-tested advice. Stop by to say “hi!”

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