My classroom is a hybrid, and the only storage space I have for myself/my belongings is a small file cabinet, a closet the size of a small linen closet and a cabinet on wheels that has locking doors. Because of the very, very limited space I have had to play around with how I store my supplemental units. I went to Walmart and bought these clear containers that have a lid with clear green handles that are stackable (they are not the crate sized ones, they are more slim lined). I also purchased hanging file folders and file folders. I use one container for each unit. In each container the stories are seperated by a hanging file folder and everything for each story is kept within that hanging file folder. Within the hanging file folder I keep the center activies individually seperated (the cover page goes in a big gallon size ziploc bag with the word cards in a quart size bag, store within the gallon size bag). I keep the black line masters for the story in a file folder, and that file folder goes in the hanging folder for the story. I also store the spelling word cards etc. in the file folder in a quart size bag. My husband is also a teacher who uses these units (and who has a huuuge classroom with lots of storage) and he keeps them pretty much the same way I do, except the hanging file folder is in a file cabinet (because its a tall file cabinet with 4 drawers), instead of a bin.
This is only our 2nd year of using Journeys and so far this year the way I am storing the activities is working for me. I simply take out the hanging file folder and everything I need for that story is right there. I know many people store units like this in the big manilla folders, but I don't like trying to stuff everything in and pulling stuff out. To me opening the hanging file folder, and having everything seperated by activity already is alot easier.
I will have to take pictures my bins one day soon and do a blog post on it.
I hope you were able to understand what I was talking about/explaining.
If you have any other questions, let me know :)
September 12, 2012