I teacher kindergarten and I need about a million items every day just to get though my basic ELA and Math lessons. As a goal, I try to plan a week in advance. Who knows what will come up and I won’t have time to get all my materials in order without some advance preparation so I dedicate one day each week to gathering construction paper, handouts, photo cards, letter cards, math manipulatives... anything I am going to need to teach for the following week.
I put everything into labeled plastic tubs, one tub for each day of the week. Inside the tubs I have 3 file folders: Reading, Writing, and Math. Now I am ready to look over my printed plans, and drop the items I will need into the file folders. After a week between my original thoughts however, I sometimes forget which of those items were for the phonics lesson or which for the vocabulary lesson. My solution? Labels that I clip to the items so I can remember what I am supposed to do with them. I use either paper clips or rubber bands to attach the labels, depending on the materials.
When I need to have a sub, everything is already labeled so he/she can just follow my plans and know what items go together and my students have a productive day, even though I am gone.
This set includes:
File folder labels: Reading, Writing, Math and a Blank, for Monday-Friday
Lesson Labels for Oral Vocabulary, Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Vocabular, Sound Spellings, Grammar, Week Vocablary, Writing, Activity Book, Decodable Reader, High Frequency Words, and Book
I hope this with your classroom organization like it helps me.
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