Do you struggle when it comes to organization? Or is it something that you have mastered? I go back and forth with it. Sometimes I am ALL in. Sometimes I fall very short. It really just depends on my mood, ha! Either way, I am going to show you how I tackled organizing a month of Kindergarten Rooted in Reading.
I am going to show you two different types of storage containers that I’ve used recently. The first bins can be used to organize resources by month. I have organized two grade levels of Rooted in Reading with THESE. I’ll link everything I used at the bottom of this post as well.
Inside of this bin I have the four focus books and four file folders that hold the teaching materials.
Now let’s look at how I organize each book with its materials. I’m going to show you the process I took with This is My Book.
First up, I sort and make all the piles! I make piles for Comprehension, Nonfiction, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Mentor Sentences. I just simply paperclip each section together.
Here’s a look at the Nonfiction pile. It contains the Nonfiction Reader, Take-Home Reader, Anchor Chart, Directed Drawing, and Written Response.
For me, sorting things like this helps me quickly pull out all of the materials for that section. That way I can decide what I want to use for the week without having to dig around for the printables/materials that pertain to that component.
Here you can see I have all of the resources for discussing the author (one of our comprehension focuses) together. This way I can see that I have a digital poster, printable, craft, and written response all that tie back to that comprehension skill.
Once I have all of the piles sorted, I label all the things. You could store each component in its own file folder, but I just simply paperclip together and slap a sticky note on top.
Once I have that section ready to go, I place it inside of the file folder.
The last thing I do is place all of the file folders and books inside of the tub. Now I can easily grab what I need for the upcoming month. I like to keep these books separate from the books that get used often by kiddos. After all, I am going to need these year after year for lessons so they need to be in tip-top condition!
Now, I’ve got my book, lesson plan, and file folder of activities all ready to go!
Some people prefer using a filing system rather than tubs. It’s all about personal preference. This method works the same exact way whether you are using bins or a filing cabinet. Here I just placed everything in hanging file folders. Both ways are equally effective!
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