What Works for Me Wednesday #5 with a freebie!


The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy, and I apologize for not posting!! Here are a few things that work for me!


1) Large Envelopes
I use brightly colored large envelopes to store all my activities!
 In the past, I used clear plastic bags, but changed for a few reasons. 
Plastic bags tend to look old and dirty, and that bothers me...and envelopes are just easier to store! 
I guess the bright colors make my visual self happy, too!!!

I print the cover sheet on regular copy paper, glue the corners of the cover to the envelope, and laminate the envelope. Then I slit the laminating film at the opening of the envelope. Easy!

My Tip for You: 
Large colorful envelopes are not cheap! You may want to use other "funds" or put these on a Wish List. Manila folders are less expensive if you don't mind the color.  I still use snack and sandwich size plastic bags for small pieces. They are just hidden inside the folders now!

UPDATE: These envelopes came from Office Depot. The brand is Wausau-Astrobright 9 x 12 envelopes. A pack of 25 is $6.59 online, but is much cheaper ordering through the school. 

They also sell 4 1/8 x 9 1/2 in packs of 50. Those are $5.99 online. Wausau has really pretty assorted copy paper, too.


2) Recycled Cardboard Boxes
I have been teaching 21 years. I have A LOT of books! 
There is simply not enough space in the classroom to keep all the books out at one time! That being said...
It helps to have them organized! HA! 
I always kept my books sorted and separated on the shelves with bright folders. Well, several years ago, I was at Walmart and saw all these great boxes full of paper folders. One of the employees was consolidating the boxes and putting the leftover boxes in a shopping cart. I asked her what she was going to do with them, and she was more than happy to turn them over to me. 

I took them home, typed some labels, and had myself some theme boxes! Yay! Now I can grab a box and go! It makes changing out baskets in the classroom so much easier!! 

A few weeks ago, one of my teammates needed books on America. I handed her my trusty cardboard box. Did I tell you they were FREE???

My Tip for You: 
Start looking at Walmart (or anywhere else that sells paper folders) when school supplies are first put on the shelves. Be prepared to make several trips. I did not collect all my boxes in one trip!


This is a very real (and messy) picture of my kids in our reading center 
where the books are being loved!


Freebie!
We are right in the middle of a super fun weather unit! 
The kids LOVE learning about Weather!! 
Here's a little freebie I made for us to use during our study! 
I'll be back this weekend with more Weather pics! 

Click on the pic to download!


Have a wonderful week!!

27 comments

  1. Ohhh...I love the envelop idea. Totally pinning that idea for later!

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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    1. Yay! So glad I had something you could use!!

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  2. I adore the envelopes!!! I've never seen them in such pretty colors!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. So glad you like them!! I ordered them from Office Depot! I'm WAY too visual!!!

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  3. I ADORE the colored envelopes for storage! I teach in a year round school, and am always looking for ways to keep improving on the organization and storage of games, units, and assessments since I move classrooms about 5 times a year! So much prettier than my booring manilla-colored ones! Thanks for your Wednesday posts...I love them:)

    Ellen
    www.greatfirstgradeexpectations.blogspot.com/

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    1. So glad you like the posts! I am on a continuous organization kick!! How in the world can you change classrooms that much? Bless you!! Envelopes came from Office Depot.

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  4. Those envelopes are awesome! Where did you get them? I've never seen them before either. And I used to work at Staples and always gladly gave away the cardboard boxes to teachers who asked. I would get mad, however, when people would take all the folders out and steal the box. Not cool!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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    1. I ordered the envelopes from Office Depot. The brand is Wassau. They're sold in packs of 25-5 different colors. That's funny about the box thieves! I'm not that brave!

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  5. Yes, please share where you found those fun, brightly colored envelopes! I want some!

    Kelly
    Kindergarten Kel

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    1. Office Depot, girl! The brand is Wassau! Love that brand!

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  6. I know I tell you this everytime you post a what works for me post.. but I love them!

    I store my centers the same way- in folders with the pieces inside of ziplocks inside. It's nice that the recording sheet can go inside the folder too. Except my folders are the plain ones and I handwrite what's inside! Your's are precious!

    Kacey
    Doodle Bugs Teaching
    Doodle Bugs Paper

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    1. Thank you, Kacey! I'm so glad you like the posts! You're right! The recording sheets fit perfectly! BTW-We need a Mississippi blogger get together soon!!

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  7. Large envelopes are the way to go! I love the bright colors. I'll have to search for those ones! Thank you for the freebie! Much appreciated!

    ~ Katie
    First Grade ABCs

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    1. You are welcome, Katie! I love the bright colors, too! The little things!!

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  8. I didn't even know you could get coloured envelopes. Cool!
    Thanks for the freebie.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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    1. You are welcome, Barbara! I love some bright envelopes, now!!

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  9. I love this topic for a blog (what works for me). It's a great idea to see how your plans are put into action. I'm your newest follower now!

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    1. Thank you for following! I love seeing what works for other teachers, too!!

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  10. Laura!!! OH MY GOSH!! I just saw your comment on my blog! I live in Brandon! HA!!!!! SMALLLLL World!
    I am teaching 8th grade! Wow!!

    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

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  11. Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is so cute! We are your newest followers.
    Amy
    3 Teacher Chicks

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    1. Thanks for following!! Don't you love this blogging thing??

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  12. Yay for your great cardboard boxes! I'm your newest follower!

    Maria
    Kinder-Craze

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    1. Yay, Maria! I love your precious blog, too!!

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  13. I just wanted to pop in to let you know how much my 7 year old LOVES your Weather freebie. She has been quite busy filling it all in. Thank you~!!

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    1. I'm so glad! Just posted a School Tools booklet to TpT! Hope she likes that one, too!

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