What Works for Me #6 and a Runaway Caterpillar

1) Pointer Storage
First graders love big books and pointers! 
Sometimes it's not easy to keep those pointers contained, though. 
I found this outdoor vase in the Dollar Spot at, you guessed it, Target.
It was one of the $2.50 items, but one of my best purchases! Love this color, too! I really want to redo my room in cool colors for next year.

Now, if only I could find better big book storage. Any suggestions??

2)Work on Writing 
Finding the right organization for my Writing Table has been an ongoing struggle for me, but I think I've finally found something I like.

Here it is...I use two sets of plastic drawers and put two types of writing in each drawer. Drawers are labeled with paper types and contain folders for different paper, as well.

Getting my students to keep it organized has been another issue.
Here's what I did.
I placed two folders in each drawer. For example, this particular drawer contains Top Ten lists and Vocabulary Cards. There is a labeled folder for Top Ten lists and another labeled folder for vocabulary Cards.

This drawer has Blank Paper and Labeling Mats.

Students are responsible for placing the folders back in the drawers once they have gotten the paper they need. So far, it's working!

This pic shows the top of the drawers. The pails include: spacers, colored pencils, crayons, and two pails for markers-one for warm colors and one for cool colors. We still have a few kiddos who don't pay attention to warm/cool idea, but most keep this area organized.

The Great Escape

Like many of you, we are observing the life cycle of a butterfly right now.
One of our Kindergarten teachers (who just happens to have a child in my class) goes out each year and collects Monarch eggs. YES,  she really does!
Well, we are the proud parents of 12 of those sweet babies. 
Here they are as caterpillars.

Ten in Chrysalis stage-
A little hard to see, but they are there.

And the one that got away...

We came in Monday and found this one hanging from the ceiling.  The little rebel!!
He is now our official classroom pet. We named him Bob!!

I'll have to keep you updated on Bob!

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Hope your week is super!


  1. WOW!!! How awesome!
    Those chrysalides look so pretty!!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  2. I didn't know they could be so pretty!

    First Grade Delight

  3. That's so funny!! To have so many at one time is awesome!!!

  4. I'm obsessed with Chrysalis'. This year my children and I happened to witness a caterpillar making her own chrysalis. It was truly miraculous. I love Bob. Those are always my favorite students too.

    First in Maine

  5. I like your writing center organization!!
    The chrysalis on the ceiling is awesome. That's something the kids will always rememeber.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Connie :)

  6. Runaway Bob gave me a good chuckle. Our caterpillars should be arriving next week! So excited!

  7. Love your organizations tips! The writing center looks great. Your room looks like a great place to hang out...obviously Bob agrees : ) I'm a new follower! Glad I found you!

  8. I need to work on organizing my room better for Daily 5 next year. I have my writing area spread out all over the place...it's all haphazard - wherever I can fit a bin, I put it there. Must fix. Love yours!!!! Have never thought to do big book reading during Daiy 5. Do you do that for Read-to-Self?

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade