Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organization Blog Hop

I love anything that has to do with organization and if you are like me then you are going to LOVE this blog hop. 

I picked out a few things I do in my room to help keep myself organized to share with you today. 

Being organized means that right now I am planned and have copies made for at least the next two weeks. This is how I store my future copies. Simple and cheap, my two favorite words. I took two magazine boxes and cut file folders in half to make dividers. Behind each is the copies for that day.

On Friday afternoons I take the papers from the magazine file and put them in this pocket chart from Highlights. I use this to organize my papers we will need during the week. I labeled different sections of the chart with the days of the week and then on Friday afternoon I just slide in all of my copies in the appropriate place. It also helps during the day for me to see what we have left to accomplish {or sometimes what I forgot about...Oops!} I actually thumbtacked mine to the front of a bookshelf to hide the ugliness behind it.

This next idea is super simple it just took me actually getting it together but it makes my guided reading/math life so much easier. I used a crate and hanging folders to organize all of my group materials. Each group has their own color folder and I keep two sets in the crate. One has materials for this week and the ones behind have their materials for next week.

The huge binders separate my math and reading sections. Click {HERE} to download the binder labels. You can't see but in front of the binders is another hanging folder that stores the materials I need for all groups such as my schedule of who meets when, reading strategy cards that I printed 4/page on, laminated, and put on a ring{I got them HERE from Cara Carroll}light pointers {Read that post HERE}, and my response sticks that we use with our leveled readers. Keep reading to see how to get those for FREE!

This past summer I decided to get my reading center organized. I made the READ posters and just bought dollar store frames to hang them in. If you want the posters click {HERE}. I got white baskets from the Dollar Tree and bought some chevron tape to make the book baskets. The chalkboard labels have the book levels that are in the basket. I would share those but they are specific to the levels of books in each of my baskets. The boxes on top are our Daily 5 boxes. These boxes are wonderful to keep my students organized. It holds everything they need when they go to their Daily 5 choices.They grab their box and on the wall behind the boxes I put a long strip of masking tape and put their number where their box goes so they know right where to put it. I wasn't sure this would work but it has!

Here is how I organize my monthly materials. I bought 5 large tubs from Wal-Mart and keep two months in each. Sorry about the sloppy picture. My cabinets are not the nicest.

In the tubs I just keep one month on one side and the other month on the other side. As you can see on the right (Short/Long Vowel game) I use large clasp envelopes and laminate the student directions to the front so I can just pull them each month and stick them in a center.

As a thank you for checking out my blog today you can get a fan freebie from my facebook page.  As I mentioned above it is my reading response sticks for small groups. Just click on the facebook button below and click on more then fan freebies to download. There is a 1st and 2nd grade version.

After you do that make sure you hop on the the next blog for more organization ideas from my super sweet friend Angela at The Daily Alphabet!


  1. I need that hanging chart!!! I have drawers for each day and I ALWAYS forget to finish things in them! Thanks for sharing your tips!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. Great ideas! Thanks!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  3. I love how you organize your copies. I am usually a few weeks ahead too and then forget what I have copied. Your idea is great. Thanks for sharing! -Jaime

  4. I always seem to overplan and my class works very slowly this year. I often have unfinished things that get shuffled around. I am thinking that a chart like yours displayed where the class can see what we have to accomplish in the day may be a great visual for all of us to keep working at a good pace. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas Heather!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  5. I love that chart that allows you to see what's left in your day to do. I'm also a huge fan of "simple and cheap" too! Genius!
    A Burst of First

  6. I love how you keep 2 weeks worth of copies stored!!! Mine always ends up in a pile somewhere!!! Love it!!

    The Daily Alphabet