The uses for my answer box are endless. Students place the materials they are using on the mat below the answer box; counters, letters, coins, shapes, flash cards, phonics items, etc. I give a prompt such as: "Show me one way to make 15 cents."..."Which item has a short U sound in the middle?"..."Show me six counters." Students place their answer in the answer box. This helps students stay organized and I can easily see their responses at a glance.