Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Optimum Organization - Teaching Resources and a Small Giveaway

I am back today to link up with Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B and Kristen at Ladybug’s Teachers File for their linky party Optimum Organization.  I am so happy that they decided to continue this throughout the summer.
This week I want to share with you how I organize my resources for ELA and Math. 
I keep all of my materials and resources in plastic drawers like these.
I printed the labels on plain color cardstock and taped them into the inside of the drawers.  I like having them inside the drawer to keep the labels from getting torn, dirty, and/or dusty.  I could laminate them (love my laminator) but I think this is working well.
When I am preparing to teach a new skill or concept I can easily go to the draw and take out all of the mentor texts, task cards, games, activities, worksheets, graphic organizers, notebook foldables and assessments for the unit.

Here is a look into the “cause and effect / fact and opinion” drawer. 
In the top right hand corner of the picture you may be able to see the green poly folder.  I love these folders.  They have pockets on the inside front and back covers, three two-sided pocket folders, and spiral binding.  (I purchased these at Target two years ago.) In each drawer the folder holds the notebook foldables assessments, graphic organizers, and any worksheets I may use.  I need to work on labeling my folders this summer.
I hope you will stop by Fun in Room 4B and Ladybug’s TeachersFile to learn other great ways to get organized! 
I am glad that you are still reading because I have a small giveaway. 

Each year I begin math by teaching place value.  This is one of the skills that is too valuable to speed through.  I enjoy teaching it and have many activities and games in my classroom for students to work with during math workshop. 
I noticed that I was lacking task cards.  Well I decided to fix that last week and my latest resource was completed.  My Place Value Task Cards for Upper Grades includes 9 sets of tasks cards (148 cards in total), a student reference sheet, recording sheets and answer keys.
You will find the following sets of cards:

·      place value
·      base ten blocks
·      base ten blocks with regrouping
·      standard form
·      expanded form
·      word form
·      comparing whole numbers
·      rounding whole numbers
·      ordering whole numbers

I would love to share two sets with two of you.  Just leave me a comment telling me what math skill is your favorite to teach and your email address. 

Sunday evening after 7:00 p.m.  I will post the two winners and email them a free copy of this resource.

You can also click on one of the above pictures or here to go directly to my TPT store and purchase it. 

Have you been by Courtney’s and Sarah’s blog Hoots N’ Hollers.  They are having a 100 follower giveaway.  It ends at midnight today, so click here and enter to win!
I hoped you enjoyed another peek into my classroom. I love comments and suggestions.  I email my responses, so please make sure you allow email replies.


  1. I love to teach place value!

  2. First, I have to tell you that your organization is so impressive! It is such an awesome idea to put everything in drawers. WOW! You are kind of my hero!!

    I love the Place Value Task Cards. I actually love to teach rounding after we have made our way through Place Value. If we teach it well enough, rounding is a cinch! Our email address is Great giveaway!

    Thanks for a great post!!

  3. I love to teach fractions, mostly because I get to incorporate food which helps the students to remember the concept better. :)

  4. I never thought I would say this, but I love teaching geometry.

  5. You are so organized! I love that you have everything labeled and nicely put away.

    My favorite Math topic to teach is Geometry! It comes fairly easily for most kids, and it's a lot of fun. It's a break from all that heavy 'computation math' that we do.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  6. I love to teach division. I think it is because it was such a struggle for me when I was a kid.

  7. Geometry is my favorite topic to teach!

  8. Fractions is my favorite topic to teach now!

  9. LOVE your organization! Wish I had the room...I love to teach place value. Thanks for the give-away. I'll keep my fingers crossed :)

  10. Oh! I love your organization! This is perfect and EXACTLY the solution I was looking for. I would love to win as I am in desperate need of resources as a brand new teacher. Place Value is my favorite to teach.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  11. Wow you are so organized! I wish I had room for all those bins!!! My classroom has no spare wall space because of all my bookcases and my closet is chock full. I do think I need to figure out some way to get my reading mentor text, task cards, etc all together by skill/topic. Thanks for inspiring me

    room 4 imagination

  12. Love that the place value cards go up to the millions. I think geometry is my favorite unit to teach. I know there's lots of vocabulary, but it can be so hands-on and fun.

  13. Looooove your drawers! It looks so organized and neat-everything at your fingertips!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  14. I love to teach geometry and fractions!!

  15. Love all of your organization ideas!! Multiplication is my favorite to teach!