Sunday, June 9, 2013

Organizing Supplies and Blogger Giveaways!

Hello All,
I am linking up with Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B and Kristen at Ladybug’s Teachers File for their linky party Optimum Organization. 
I am learning so much from the other bloggers!

In this post I will share how I organize community supplies in my classroom.  I forgot to take a better picture of this shelf before I left school, and this is the only one I have at home.  I hope it is clear.
In the top row you can see the group baskets.  I discussed them in this post.
The second row holds all types of glue (glue dots, extra Elmer’s Glue All, and glue sticks), extra dry erase markers, and dry erase erasers.
The third row has our classroom supply of markers. The markers are kept in bags inside the crates. There are 14 bags with 24 markers, 12 thin and 12 fat, in each.  Two students share a bag. ( I have 23 students in my class, so there are some extra bags.)  You will also find watercolor pencils and decorator Fiskars scissors on this row.
The forth row holds extra color pencils, extra boxes of crayons, and a class supply of rulers.  When my students bring extra pencils, pens, erasers, etc. to school; I give them a gallon size Ziploc bag to keep the “extra” items.  They write their name with a Sharpie marker on the bag and keep the bag in one of the crates marked “extras”.  I don’t allow them to keep any extra items in their desk.
Once again, thank you for taking a look into my classroom.
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I hope you will stop by Fun in Room 4B and Ladybug’s Teachers File to learn of other great ways to get organized! 

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  1. I love the idea of using table crates as well as your bags of markers idea. I think I am going to try those out next year!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. What are your baskets kept in? Is this something you bought or did you build it?


    1. Hello Karen. It was purchased from Lakeshore Learning about 6 years ago. It doesn't come with the storage baskets. They have to be purchased separately. I did not buy mine from them because of the cost. Mine are the collapsible crates from The Dollar Tree. They fit in perfectly. Thanks for stopping by today.

  3. I really like the idea of using the baskets for markers, scissors, etc. My district just invested in a new reading series which means 2 more books in my little lovely's desks. This just might help keep things a little more tidy for us!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  4. This is a perfect way to organize these materials! I think I'm going to redo my supply area, too. I'm constantly having to shove things in drawers...this could solve that problem. Thanks for linking up :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  5. I tried community supplies this year, and it failed miserably. Do you have any suggestions on how to motivate students to take care of community supplies? My fifth graders didn't seem to care about something that wasn't "theirs". I would find glue sticks and colored pencils all over the floor.

    Fifth in the Middle

  6. Oh I really, really like this! Community supplies are a tricky one to manage, but you seem to have a wonderful solution. Thanks so very much for sharing and for linking up with us :)