Hello, everyone! I'm Melissa from Common Core & So Much More and I'm so excited to take part in this swap with Joey! We have both collaborated, shared ideas, and have been so supportive of each other in the past, and thought it would be fun to do a blog swap to share five organizational tools in our classrooms.
My first idea, and one of my most used organizational tools in my classroom, is how I store my task cards. I use them a few times of week to put in centers or to play Scoot as a whole class. Those little cards can easily become misplaced or damaged if not stored correctly. In the past, I've always put them in plastic baggies, but the baggies would tear, they wouldn't close, and it just became a huge mess. This year, during back to school time, I picked up EVERY plastic notecard holder Walmart had in stock. They come in a few different sizes, but I got the small one for my cards. They fit nicely inside the sturdy plastic case and snap shut. I have just a basic label on front so I can easily find what I need. That blue bin is where I keep them all. I have 10 in various colors that I found at the dollar section of Target.
The next tool I use sits on my desk. I made this teacher's toolbox over the summer to keep all those little supplies organized instead of having them clutter my desk drawers. It makes it so easy for me to find what I need. I also really love how the drawers come out. On Fridays, I lay out all of the papers I copied for the next week, pull out the paperclip drawer, and lay everything out on my big table. I decide what I am going to do each day, put the paperclip on each set of papers, and file it away for later use. I also find myself pulling the drawer out for the push pins a lot so I can take it with me as I hang things. If you would like FREE templates for these drawers and would like to read a tutorial on how I made it and where I bought the supplies, you can click HERE to read more about it on my blog.
I'd like to really thank you for taking the time to read my post on here today, and if you liked what you read, encourage you to come on over to my little blog to read about some more of my ideas. If you don't already follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store, please come check it out! I have a lot of resources for you to use in your classroom. Some of my most popular products happen to be my reading fluency passages. I currently have them for grades 1-4 and are leveled by the CCSS Lexile levels for each grade. Each passage contains three components - A teacher passage with numbered columns and a chart to record words correct and errors. There is also a study copy which has a larger font for students to read off of while you record on the teacher's copy. Lastly, there are reading comprehension sheets that contain three questions in short answer format. In addition to the passages, I also included graphs for the students to record their cold and hot read to keep track of their progress and a weekly parent reading log. If you're interested in taking a closer look, I have a FREEBIE that has a passage and comprehension page for each grade level. I also have a BUNDLE of these passages (you can still buy them separately). This makes it the ultimate tool for differentiating the reading fluency practice in your classroom!