It is Jane Feener here again to share some labels that I have been making for my class as part of my back to school preparations. Do you like to label everything in your class? I sure do. I just find for me it makes everything run a little bit smoother.
Do you use a math workshop model in your class? I have been experimenting with it now for the past couple of years. I am still learning and working on improving how it works in my classroom. I know different teachers have different acronyms they use but I like to use the MATH acronym. This year I have invested in scrapbook paper storage containers from Michaels. I got them on sale which was a bonus. I used a smaller tub last year but I found I could not always fit all the materials I needed in them. Here is what they look like. I still have to finish setting up the T and H tubs. My M tub is for "Math Facts". I will put games and activities that help my students master their addition and subtraction facts in this container. I usually change them out each week and I also try to use seasonal activities to help keep my students engaged. This math tub contains a Welcome Back Bump game made by Sunny Days which you can download on TeachersPayTeachers (TPT) for free here.
The A tub contains math activities which students can complete independently "At their desk". This is the one area of Math Workshop that I struggle with because if this activity is not something your students can do independently they will be at the small group table interrupting the small group lessons. I will be focussing on creating independent activities complete with answers keys and help cards to hopefully solve this problem this year. My first unit is Patterns and if you teach patterns you might like to give it a try as well. You can find it here. If you would like these Math Workshop labels for your containers you can download them here.
Have you heard about Tidy Tubs? I love to have students create something to show their learning, however, this can be a messy endeavor in the classroom. I am not sure where I learnt about using tidy tubs, but if it was from one of you please let me know because it has been one of the best things I have introduced into my class. I bought four clear plastic tubs (shoe box size) and I printed off my tidy tub labels and hot glued them on to the side. Every time we do any kind of activity that requires cutting paper my helpers jump up and run to get the Tidy Tubs. They place them on each group table and as students work they put their scraps in the tubs instead of on the floor. At the end of the activity the helpers empty the contents of the Tidy Tubs into the paper recycling bin and place them back in their designated spot. If you would like a copy of the Tidy Tub labels you can download them here.
How do you manage your word work? I have found what works best for me is to use a storage cart with each drawer labelled so that students can easily find the materials they need.
If you would like to give it a try, you can download my labels here. I hope some of these labels might help you with your organization as you prepare to head back to school.