How do I store extra classroom coloring materials storage

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We have tables in my classroom and use community supplies. Each table gets a supply caddy with colors (markers, colored pencils, and crayons), scissors, glue, and highlighters. I love community supplies because it gets kids learning to share with one another and be patient. This was my first year that my little darlings... well.... always had trouble with the "patience and sharing" concept. If a different kid at their table was using the red marker, they would run up to me and explain to me that their table needed another red marker. We had plenty of class meetings about what it looked like to share, and what it looked like to be patience while their color was being used.

Another way that my kids had trouble with supplies this year is they constantly lost everything! I'm not sure what happened, perhaps they have a new fondness for eating supplies. Yet it was almost daily that one of my students would come up to report that they lost a certain color marker, colored pencil, or crayon.

To ease the pain that I felt this year of supplies being lost (were they eaten? Stolen? Thrown out the window? I shall truly never know), I opted to create drawers that are color-coded. Students will be free to come up and pick up a different color if their table is suddenly missing one. We will create class rules and expectations on this, however. Such as using it as a last resort, or returning a color if you have one too many.

I have two tall, white Sterilite storage towers in my room. I used to fill these with my classroom teacher supplies (staples, adult scissors, binder clips, White-Out, etc.). I decided to make these something that my students are allowed to have access to as well. With the addition of these handy dandy file drawers that a retiring teacher gave me, I now have an incredible amount of storage space in my room. These drawers are perfect for the color-coded colors! Now all I need is a cute name to give this area.... "Color Drawers?" I'll need to brainstorm this!

Enter to win a set of 40 book bins!

On Wednesday, I blogged about how functional, sturdy, and beautiful these Steps to Literacy plastic books boxes are.

I am raffling off one set of 40 book boxes, in your choice of Primary or Fun colors! The Primary set includes 40 book bins in red, yellow, green, and blue, while the Fun color set includes 40 book bins in neon green, light blue, purple, and orange. A set of 40 book boxes at Steps to Literacy are worth $119.96!

Want to win a set of your own? There are a few ways to enter. Increase your entries to increase your chance of winning! You can:

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Winners will be announced here on July 10th! Winners will also be contacted by email. 

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Good luck, teachers!

Steps to Literacy Book Bins

My absolute favorite thing in my classroom are my boatloads of book bins in lime green and marine blue. These bad boys work for SO MUCH MORE than just books. The Steps to Literacy book bins are high-quality, sturdy, and most of all functional. You can read my original review from two years ago here. Check out the exclusive promo code at the end of the post if you're interested!

Here's some of my book bin history. I originally inherited a bunch of book bins from Really Good Stuff from a retiring teacher at my school. In my mind, Really Good Stuff was the holy grail of book bins compared to the ones I often found at the Target Dollar Spot. I ran into issues with the Target Dollar Spot ones splitting and falling over. The Really Good Stuff book bins were all different colors - red, orange, yellow, and blue. Sadly, these did not fit my color theme but I made it work. As I came into my third year of teaching, I desperately wanted to have a calming blue and green room but could not stomach the cost of the bins at Really Good Stuff when I couldn't get the exact colors that I wanted. I also felt like the book bins were always falling over. I started doing research and discovered Steps to Literacy. Steps to Literacy has extremely low book bin prices and has lots of beautiful colors to fit any classroom! I took the plunge and have never looked back! These book bins make my heart go pitter-patter. These book bins are incredibly multi-versatile, inexpensive, beautiful, and sturdy. I urge anyone who is thinking about buying new book bins for next year to check them out, you will not be disappointed!



Book bins
One of my biggest pet peeves is when one of my little angels start to read.... right in the middle of my engaging, fun, mesmerizing, spectacular lesson. Shocking, I know. To solve this problem, I keep my book bins far away from my students' tables. This way, their belongings are still organized and close, but not too close where it provides a distraction. My students books never stay on their table, they are always put into the bins when we are working on something other than independent reading.

Folder bins

I have tables in my classroom, so we do not have desks to store all of our belongings in. That's where these folder bins come into play! Each table is assigned a folder bin. The students' Unfinished Work and Quiet Time folders are stored in these. These bins are the perfect size to fit folders and have them stand up straight!

Weekly lesson organizers

These babies are also perfect as a weekly lesson organizer! On my art cart I put a bin for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  All the worksheets, read alouds, art supplies, etc. are put into the corresponding day. I fancy them up with some chalkboard labels from Amazon, and they work out perfectly!

The Steps to Literacy book bins come in 'Fun colors' and 'Primary colors.' I prefer the 'Fun colors' because really... who wouldn't want a color to be fun?!?! I sure do!

If you're liking the sound of these book bins and are interested in checking them out, Steps to Literacy is offering an exclusive promo code! Use the code GLITTER2017 to get a 10% discount on sets of 20 and sets of 40 book bins!

Steps to Literacy has generously offered up a Set of 40 of these book bins to my wonderful readers. Look for the giveaway on MONDAY! It's like Christmas in June filled with BOOK BINS! My raffle starts MONDAY, so make sure to come back to enter! The winner will be announced the following Wednesday.

DIY Math Center for Telling Time

All my coworkers know that I am a strong advocate for guided math. I use small, flexible groupings in my classroom mixed with stations. I always have an independent station, a technology station, a math center station, and of course a teacher station. Check out more about how guided math works in my classroom here. My math center station always incorporates hands-on activities or games. This is the station that students look forward to the most! Whether it is building with base-ten blocks, playing multiplication war with a partner, or maneuvering pattern blocks into a specific shape, it's no wonder that kids enjoy math centers so much!

Today I am sharing a great math center idea about telling time from You can check out more of their fun math activities here! This math center uses Legos, or any kind of Duplo-style blocks. Last year one of my classroom parents brought in a MASSIVE box of Legos that her sons no longer wanted, and it has been sitting in one of my classroom shelves. I am excited to incorporate this math center next year during our telling time unit, I know that it'll be a big hit.

Third Grade Math Activities: Time to Match 'Em Up!What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Fine point black marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Duplo-style blocks

What You Do:
  1. Use the black marker to draw 12 clock faces, each one showing a different time. Make certain that your clocks are just small enough to fit on two stacked blocks. You could also use clip art or pictures online (I am the worst artist ever).
  2. Cut out your clocks. Tape each one onto the side of two stacked Duplo-style blocks. Double-stick tape works great for this (I stock up at the Dollar Tree!).
  3. Write out the digital times for the clock faces that you drew in Step 1. Cut out these times and tape each onto two stacked blocks.
  4. After you labeled all of the blocks, mix them up. I think these work best in a Sterilite container with a lid.... otherwise these things can get spilled all over the place!
  5. Students will match the clock face with the digital clock.
Want to make this even easier? Grab some Avery labels and print out the clock faces and times. 

This is easy to switch up to! In my state, students in third-grade need to know other names for each time (like quarter 'til, quarter after, and half past). 

What math centers do your students enjoy? Do you think that they might enjoy this activity?