The countdown continues. 5 days until school and, one week from today, the kids will arrive!
I'm savoring my last few days of summer vacation but thought I would take a little time out to share some of my ELA organization with you!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who can become overwhelmed by the little bits and pieces required to teach ELA. Magnets, highlighters, wiki sticks, stamps, sight word cards, professional resources, vowel cards, reference sheets, etc!!! The list really does just go on and on and on. Here's a peek at how I keep it all together!
This might be my very favorite piece of ELA organization. My father-in-law helped me to create this container for all of my foam letters. Basically there is a wooden frame which holds the top wooden platform. In the top platform we (mostly he, let's be real) drilled holes that are large enough for a paper cup to fit in but small enough so that the lip catches the edge. Insert cups. Insert letters. The rest is history!
Next are my cookie sheets. Once we get rolling, I generally have one cookie sheet that holds foam magnetic pictures that the kids use from time to time. The others (there are more than are pictured) hold the letters we are currently working with. I generally keep one cookie sheet for each reading group so we can do quick word work at the beginning or end of their reading time.
Here's a look at the whole book shelf. On top are writing and "office supplies" that we might need at our fingertips. The next shelf has specific reading manipulatives (and tape?) This is where the wiki sticks for comprehension evidence are found along with magnetic white boards, beans for self correction (not sure I've ever talked about those...), and a bell to change stations. Next comes the magnificent magnet holder and paper. The bottom shelf holds word cards in baggies, professional reading resources and two bins for daily math papers because I also conduct small math groups at this table.
And there you have it!