Category: Organizational Ideas

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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Quick and Easy to Make Pocket Chart

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

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 of this post to see some ideas for using these pocket charts. 

Instructions for Making the Pocket Charts

Pocket charts can be made in many sizes depending on how you plan to use them. These instructions show how to create a small pocket chart that holds twelve index cards. I used a department store shirt box that has the lid connected to the bottom along one side. When the box is closed flat, it is double in thickness making it sturdy. The flattened box is 11 ½ by 15 inches. This is the perfect size to wrap in standard sized wrapping paper. Corrugated cardboard also works well. Cut it to whatever size you need. 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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Student Portfolios ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 5

Student Grades

Student Portfolios

When teachers read this statement, “Portfolio-based with clear illustrations of student progress toward state content standards,” from the list of requirements on the teacher evaluation rubric, I repeatedly heard teachers say they would just take a mark down in this area. There was no way they could create individual portfolios for their students.

While inwardly I cringed, I knew I couldn’t purposely skip over a required component. Instead, I thought, “What is the easiest most effective way to create portfolios for my students?” 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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