Organize My Classroom
As a 1st/2nd split grade teacher, I have to be incredibly organized!
I have a drawer devoted to upcoming work and copies. I have a folder for each day, so that I can throw in copies/materials that I will need each day. At the end of the day, I take out the following day's folder and put it in my daily basket. I also have a section for copies (ex. handwriting, making words) that I copy for several weeks at a time. This way I can just take out the next day's handwriting, etc.
My district is well known for binders as we receive new ones on a regular basis. Being a split teacher, I have double the amount. The two that I use the most are for science and social studies. I have them divided by unit so that I can see what resources I have for that unit. I like to make packets by unit, rather than send home individual sheets of science/social studies as much as I can.
I have folders and sub folders for each curriculum area. Then I have seasonal folders which are broken down into months, and then further into holidays/topics. This works well for me.
I have both leveled books and books by topic (non-fiction). Students know their level/color to find books appropriate for them. The fiction books are by level, and the non-fiction ones are by topic. Each book has its own color (range of F&P levels), so students know what color is appropriate for them.
I have some free and paid products that may be of help to you as you think about organizing your classroom for next year :) Please leave positive feedback if you find them to be useful and get TPT credits (for paid products) good for saving money on future TPT purchases! :)
Curriculum Map: this is a MS Excel file so you can use it to feed the needs of your class ($1)
Primary Grades Weekly Lesson Plan Form: this is a MS Excel file so you can edit it to fit the needs of your classroom. You can either print out a master for the year with your set times and fill it in weekly, or type & print it out each week. (FREE)
Literacy & Math Centers Planning Sheet: this is a MS Excel file where you can write/type in your literacy and math centers each week. (FREE)
Weekly Classroom To Do List: this is a MS Word file that can be edited to fit your needs. (FREE)
Writing Lesson Plans: this is a MS Word file where you can write/type in your lesson plans for writing (FREE)
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Please join me next week, when I talk about math workshop! :) Have a great week!