These are a few of my favorite things. . . .
Sterilite storage drawers
I have 6 of these so far... (2 pink, 2 purple, 2 white) and use them for my monthly
teaching drawers and to organize odds and ends supplies.
Okay - confession time - I ordered 6 more of these in June (4 pink and 2 green).
2 of the pink units are for Daily 5 Word Work activities and the other
4 will be used to store things in my teaching storage area at home.
Sterilite latch boxes
I have close to 50 of these in my room. They store all kinds of manipulatives and materials.
They stack really well and are durable and user-friendly for my kids.
Sterilite 7-drawer cart
I have one of these by my Guided Reading table and I it! The top 4 drawers each are labeled for my reading groups and hold their response sheets and that day's books. The bottom 3 drawers house dry erase boards, magnetic letters, and assessment sheets.
Sterilite 3-drawer organizer units
I have 4 sets of these to hold my Author study materials. Please see the classroom tour page.
I just got more of these! I am using them to hold math games, one per drawer.
Each drawer is labeled with the name/picture of the game stored inside.
The kids will be able to easily put things back! Check out the 2010-2011 tour page.
Sterilite small latch boxes
I use these for my ABC sound boxes. Please see the 2009-2010 classroom tour page for more info.
Sterilite mini 3-drawer organizer units
These were part of a summer project. I am going to use them to hold Word Work activities for use during Guided Reading groups. Check out the 2010-2011 tour page for info.
Sterilite white plastic baskets
I use these for books in my Classroom Library and
for holding various papers and stuff by my desk.
They are very sturdy and easy to keep clean.
Rubbermaid Ice Cube Bins
Each student has one to use as a Book Bin in their cubby to hold the paper
cut and staple books we make. Before Christmas Break and in May the
books are sent home in Ziplocs for the students to keep.
Command Hooks by 3M are AWESOME!!!! We are not allowed to hot glue or adhere things
permanently in our rooms or hallway, so these are perfect! You can just pull the sticky
pad off and there is no residue left behind, plus they are very strong! I have a large
hook on my door to hang seasonal wreaths and the little wire hooks are up in 2
different places to hold pocket charts and my Bucket Fillers shoe organizer.
Avery Split Ring Key Tags
This idea came from my teaching friend next door. We write each student's name on
a tag and then attach these with pipe cleaners around the kids' coat hooks.
I have 3 different versions of these.
2 hold magnetic letters and 1 holds my Word Family activities.
Hardware parts organizer cases
I have about 8 of these in my Word Work area to hold magnetic letters and letter tiles.
The kids can grab a case of letters and a cookie sheet and go somewhere comfy on the floor to
build words. I don't really have "dedicated" station areas, so I love the portability.
Daily Teaching Drawers
(This is actually an organizer to hold kids' clothes for each day of the week.)
Pocket Charts galore...
Word Families Giving Tree Alphabet Mini charts from the Target $1 aisle
I have 3 of these bad boys!
1 for Listening Station, 1 for Math Station, 1 for Writing Station
Plus the good old standard blue charts. I have several.
My newest purchase. I just HAD to have it! My classroom theme is smiley
faces, so I thought this would be absolutely perfect. I will post a pic when this is in use.
I love these graphics! The link is below if you'd like to check them out!
I these sites!
Kids Count 1234
First Grade Sites
Second Grade Sites
Resources for Teachers
The Cornerstone For Teachers
Making Learning Fun
The Virtual Vine
Sew What 4 U Teacher Resources
Love 2 Teach Top 100 Primary Sites
I will continue adding to this list......
(I should own stock in Sterilite!)