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Color Code Everything Crates/Square Shelving
Three-Ring Binders Rain Gutters
Plastic Tubs/Cardboard Boxes  

Color Code Everything (Use the same color for all materials for each subject or unit.)

bulletTry to use colors that are the same as the copy paper you use. This way you can color code assignments and handouts. It also makes it easy to separate papers for grading.
bulletFor items where the color can't be changed to suit your needs, use colored labels. Be sure to cover the labels with clear tape so they will always look fresh and new.
bulletUse colored electrical tape for resource books for teachers and students. Students will find it easier to return the books to the right place in your room. You will find it easier to find what your are looking for when you need it. Put the tape on the binding so it shows easily. If you need to code the books further, you can write a large letter on the spine. For example, if science is orange, an astronomy book would be orange with a large A on the spine.
bulletIf you teach more than one class of students, use a different colored 2-pocket folder for each class. In the folder, put items for that class, such as the class roster, papers to return, reminders of overdue library books, make-up work for absentees, an ideas that might clarify a problem that the class had yesterday, etc.

Three-Ring Binders


Tear apart your teacher resource books at the spine, 3-hole punch the pages, and put them in a binder which you have labeled with the name of the book. This way, you'll never have trouble photocopying a page that won't lie flat. You can also color code your binders according to subject--blue for math, red for reading, etc.


Instead of stacking your professional magazines, tear out the articles and put them in binders. Label each binder with its own subject, such as literature, and then use dividers for the subdivisions, such as historical fiction and fantasy. Again, color code your binders according to subject.


Inside each binder, place plastic sleeves. Then put your papers inside these sleeves. You can also photocopy through the sleeves. This will help protect your papers, and you don't have to punch holes in them. This is helpful if some copiers will not allow you to use masters that have been hole punched.


Store your binders on a bookshelf, in boxes, or in your filing cabinet with the spine showing.


If you are looking for cheap binders, try Goodwill and other thrift shops. You can usually find good 2 inch binders for less than a dollar each.

Plastic Tubs or Cardboard File Boxes (These are sometimes referred to as "bankers' boxes.)


Label a tub/box for each month. Then store items for that month in the box. Examples are calendar materials, special books for that month, holiday projects, and samples of art projects. If a student finishes an art project early, have her make an extra one for you to use as an example for next year.


Label a tub/box for each unit or project. Then store items for that unit in the box. Examples are assignments and directions, special books, supplies, and a bibliography of teaching resources not kept in the box.

Crates/Square Shelving


Use these for storing sorting trays, boxes of manipulatives, containers of crayons and colored pencils, etc. Sam's has some that are flat white squares that you put together into cubes for lightweight shelves. You can put hooks on the back to hold aprons, a broom and dustpan, a mirror, etc. They are easy to see through and around for classroom management.

Rain Gutters


Use rain gutters to display books that you want the cover to show. For more information, click on the link below.


Saving Space and "Face" with Rain Gutters-- found at TRELEASE-ON-READING.COM



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