Teachers are responsible for so many different elements, and find a spot for all of them is next to impossible.  Here are a couple of my ideas.

Math Area

From left to right: Yee-haw Birthdays, Calendar, Calendar Math Mat, Hundreds Chart, Clock, Do you know your addition facts? chart, schedule

Yee-haw birthdays:  I thought this would be fun as an interactive chart.  Students can remove the items and try to put them back in order, such as months of the year.  They can graph them by boys and girls, or order all boys birthdays in order, etc.

Calendar Math Mat: Story problem, number sentence, vocabulary, graph, money and place value.  Cheap and easy.  All I did was print, laminate and add Velcro to most items.  Place value is three cups Velcroed with straws inside.

Math books and drawers with manipulatives

Do you know your addition facts?  Each horse has a number from 0 to 10.  If they know all the facts, there name goes on the card.  Other students will know who can coach them along.

Teacher Space

I keep all copies in these bins on my desk.  On top, I place a copy of my lesson plan for the subject.  It helps when you teach by concept and not by day.

This is right behind my chair.  Three bins are filled with my mentor text.  I have a page in a sheet protector that says the strategy and lists the books that I use with them.  The middle bin is just the questioning texts.  Underneath are several different drawers where I store reading manipulatives such as whisper phones.

In each of the 6 crates, I have baggies with directions and game/center pieces.  The 6 crates are: -Comprehension/Fluency; -ABC’s; Sight Words; Word Building/ Forms of Words; Writing/Sentences; CVC.  I also have 2 others: Phonics and Rhyming.

Student Organization

Part of the morning routine is to turn in their homework folder (HORSE) and agenda.

Each partner pair has a basket where they store their reading, folder and other tools.  The posters above are reminders of what to do and what it should look like.

The students are numbered for ease from year to year.  There names are always attached to the number.  I print out a whole sheet of labels with the child’s name and number and it gets put all over the place (folders, buckets, book bins, cubbies…).

Each table is a color.  I also try to color code the items in their caddies (scissors, erasers, and at times Post-Its).

Table reading and writing tools are color coded as well.  Here they keep a slinky (stretching words), play-doh (thinking of word parts), stirrer that works as a pointer, chunking book marks and more.

This is where they keep there subject folders, notice the color coding again.  Each subject has a color, writing is red, which means that my writing bin for planning is red, their folders are red, the essential question on the board is red, etc.


We change classroom jobs weekly.  Almost all jobs are two people, except line leader and caboose.

This is organized by table color.  At our school we have Cougar Paws that the students can earn by following school rules.  This is where they keep them and after they receive 10, they get a sticker to put on their card.

Noise meter (silent, partner voice, table voice, classroom voice).Noise Meter

Table point chart for the month.  We tally all the point and the table with the most at the end of the month becomes a new table’s captain.  They also get to choose the people who sit with them.

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