Monday, February 27, 2012

The Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #8 Challenge


If you are just joining us, you'll want to start here or check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom.








This week we are going to organize thematic units. This is different from your typical curriculum materials like reading series, math manipulatives and all that good stuff. This is the extra stuff you do. It could be a good old fashioned theme like "St. Patrick's Day" or "farms" or perhaps it may be something more content-related like "biographies" or "Pilgrims."

If you are in need of a system then this is the week to start one.

If you already have everything stored then this is your opportunity to go through, weed out, possibly downsize, maybr relabel...basically just tidy it all up.








Take a good look at the books and materials you have.

Decide what you want to keep and determine if there is anything you can part with.

Consider where you would like to store these materials and figure out how they could best be stored (one box per theme, seasonal items together).

Gather storage containers that will best suit your needs and style (boxes, binders, bins).









On Friday, I'll put up the Linky Party related to this wee Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

PROMPT
  • How do you store your thematic / content area materials?
  • What do you like about this method? What would you change?
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4 comments:

  1. So exciting! I've been needing to make new labels for my science materials. Now is the time! :)
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  2. This will go well with a blog post I'm working on as a guest blogger in April. I love organizing. I think if I wasn't a teacher I'd be a professional organizer.

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  3. Yay... I SOOOO badly want to reorganize units based upon standards & what better time to do it than with the new Common Core rolling out. We are implementing CC next year, so this is perfect! I realize that there is a lot of work to be done in this area, so we will start small & work our way until it is complete:)

    ~Kimberlee~
    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher Timesavers

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