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So, once you have your unit plans written and in a binder. What now? How do you organize your units? As in, the books and supplies...everything that goes with each lesson within that unit.
I used to be old school....as in folders within a file cabinet. But, things got lost. Those drawers are just too big for me - they would always end up a mess! :) I now use my file cabinets for construction paper storage, teacher resource books storage, and center storage. Here's a peek at my center storage....
So, if I don't use file cabinets, what do I use to store my unit supplies? See those containers on top of my cabinets? Bingo!
I have a container for each unit that I teach. I bought them s-l-o-w-l-y throughout a year. Each time I would begin a unit, I would buy a few from Big Lots. By the end of the year I had a wonderful organizational system. They stack neatly on top of my cabinets and cubbies.
Inside each container is hanging file folders labeled with "Lesson 1", "Lesson 2", etc. Inside the folders I place anything needed for the lessons - books, master copies, games, etc. Here's a peek inside of my Reading Strategies container...I use lots of books for this unit, so it's pretty packed!
This makes my life SO easy! No more looking for the books I need, or scouring through the file cabinet for the masters I need....it's all right there in the unit container.
When I get to a unit, I take that container down and place it on a counter near my desk. Then, I'll make all of the copies I need for that unit and place them in the folders. Voila! I'm set for a few weeks.
So, the containers above are the ones I'm actually teaching from...the ones here will be rotated as I teach. The containers at the end (with the green lids) are for Word Study. Since that's the only subject that I plan weekly, those containers are organized by quarters (Quarters 1-4). Here's a peek inside a Wordy Study container....
You can see that each week's skill has a file folder holding the books, games, etc needed for that week. I'll also put the weekly spelling tests in here once they're copied.
The best thing about this system is that it is flexible. If I decide to revamp a unit - no problem! I can move the materials around easily since the folders are just labeled with "lesson 1", etc.
I hope that gives you some ideas to think about for organizing your unit supplies! I'll be back soon with a post about my planning calendar!