Category: Organizational Ideas

When to Use Parentheses, Commas, and Dashes

Teaching when to use commas, parentheses, dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Common Core L.6.2.A states students should use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. So, is there a difference in the three? Some resources say no. Others say yes. This post will list the rules pointing out the differences in the three, so you can decide.

Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Elements

First you need to understand the meanings of nonrestrictive and restrictive elements Continue Reading

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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays Idea 1 - Quick and Easy Pocket Chart - Read how to make this simple pocket chart from materials you have around the house.

Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’

Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts 

Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and cardboard is quick and easy. Make individual pocket charts for students, a series of matching charts for a bulletin board, or even a large one to hang on the wall. Be sure to check out the bottom end of Idea #1 to see some ideas for using these pocket charts.  Continue Reading

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Index Card Storage

Two No-Cost Ways to Store Vocabulary Cards

If you have purchased any of my novel studies, you know that I love using index cards to teach vocabulary words. Working with index cards is both fantastic and frustrating. Students often lose a few when notebooks are dropped. I wanted to come up with a little/no-cost solution to prevent students from losing their cards. I wondered — What could I use for storage boxes? Continue Reading

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Organizing Student Binders

Organizing Student Binders

As an inclusion teacher, I have worked with many teachers. This experience helped me learn many organizational tips from my team teachers. I often feel like a sponge soaking up ideas and trying them out. Over time, I have begun to use one idea from one teacher, another idea for a different teacher, mixed the ideas together, then tweak the methods to make them work better. This notebook is a combination of some of those ideas.

Why Use Binders

Providing students with an entire unit at once in place of handing out single pages saves a huge amount of class time. In the past, I have worked with teachers who bound units with plastic combs or placed units in 3 pronged folders. Both of these become expensive as teachers often must purchase the plastic combs or folders out of their own pockets. One great solution is for students to have three ringed binders that can be used for different units all year long. Continue Reading

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Tracking Student Fluency Rates

Read three fluency tips. Then grab a free printable booklet that helps students set fluency goals and track their daily rates for the entire school year.

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog hop or link up. This time we are sharing organizational tips for literacy. Enjoy collecting checklists, guided reading tool lists, organizational tools, and printables that you will use daily. Before you leave, be sure to enter the rafflecopter at end of this post. We are giving away a TPT gift card. Have a great time exploring our blog posts, and I hope you have the best school year ever!

Tracking Student Fluency Rates Tip #1

Most school districts assign “Fluency Standards Tables” for teachers to use as guides. I’ve included links to four popular choices. Print them out for the students to see.  Continue Reading

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Teaching Students to Write a Narrative ~ Study Carrel

Activities for Teaching Students How to Write a Story Hook


Have your ever wondered what it would be like for students to have dozens of resources at their finger tips? Here is what we did. Two file folders were glued together. When these stand up they make a perfect study carrel. Students created foldable organizers and doodle notes to paste on both sides of the carrel. So when a student couldn’t remember a rule for how to write quotations or needed a wow word for a narrative, it was right there. Continue Reading

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Group Work

Grouping Students

Collaborative Groups

Small group activities are incorporated into many unit lessons. One hour of organization will make transitioning your class into group activities simple.

1) Purchase insertable name badges (lanyards) for each student in your class. You may use fold & clip name badges or the hanging name badges with neck straps. Continue Reading

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