Two For Tuesday- Organization

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My organization kick all began with my teacher toolbox and various other storage containers.  I received many requests for a Melonheadz version of my storage bins so I created these:
Once I made these, I got all sorts of ideas to help me stay organized!  One of these ideas was to create binders for different subjects so I could keep my go to resources easily accessible.

This is how they turned out:
 I had to have spines so that I can go right to the one I need.
 Originals for units such as worksheets, lessons, and craft examples are located in these.  It makes it so easy to plan!
I also created a bunch more so that I can use them as parent communication logs, individual student portfolios, lesson plans, CCSS paperwork etc.  I'm so excited about these!  They are all editable as well!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Binder-Covers-Melonheadz-Edition-1299356
So for today, you can pick up my set of binder covers at 50% off.  Please click on the picture below to pick up a set.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Get-Organized-Melonheadz-Kids-Edition-Teacher-Toolbox-and-More-1270171

My next item on sale is one of my most used!  It is a writing set that can be used year round in a k-3 classroom. This project took me six years to develop.  Even before I even knew of Teachers Pay Teachers!

Long ago I started using picture prompts to get my students to write.  Not your average picture prompts, totally random and fun picture prompts. You can take a quick peek below:
The point of these pictures is for the kids to write a story around the objects in the picture.  They create a setting and a story for what they see.  When I began using these types of prompts, I was drawing everything by hand!  (I hadn't yet discovered the beauty of clip art.)  The problem with that was that sometimes my drawings looked nothing like what I intended or I would create awesome ones and lose the originals.  Many months ago I finally thought about making these digitally with professionally drawn clip art!  Such a no-brainer.  So here it the final product:

 Here are a few student examples using the pig and spaceship prompt:
I love how different they all end up!

Let me explain how I use them.  Each week I focus on one or two things during writer's workshop. The kids write in their notebooks every day.  I tried taking all of those notebooks home to grade, but that wasn't very efficient.  So instead of doing that, I assign one of these picture prompts a week and grade that. While grading I look for neatness, spelling, capitalization, and my focus skill(s) for the week. From doing this I get more ideas to work on during writer's workshop and I get a quick snapshop of how my students are progressing.  MUCH easier than grading 28 notebooks.  I try to collect them all and bind them for each student at the end of the year.  The parents love these keepsakes and I love seeing how much my kids have grown as writers throughout the year. I'll assign some for fun and sometimes even a couple for homework or morning work.  I love having a couple on hand in case I have extra time for writing or for sub days.

So far there are about 80 picture prompts in this set, but I will be adding more :)

To pick up your own set, please click on the picture below:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-Random-Fun-Writing-for-the-Primary-Classroom--924509




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1 comment

  1. Absolutely LOVE the tool kit labels and binder covers. Definitely will be getting some for the upcoming school year. :)

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