I think one of my first purchases for my classroom when I found out I was going to be a third grade teacher was two sets of plastic drawers. I don’t know if I had a plan when I bought them. But they are seriously what my classroom revolves around. These six little drawers are how I organize lesson plan materials for each week.
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When I walk into a teacher’s classroom, one of the things I often notice that is missing is a routine to organize lesson plan materials for the upcoming week. I have met many teachers who don’t even have lesson plans ready for the upcoming week, they plan day by day. And that is astounding to me!
How I Organize Lesson Plan Materials
The premise of my lesson planning post is that I aim to leave each Thursday with my plans for the next week written. Then I spend Friday prepping all my lesson plan materials. After the kids are gone (or sometimes if I am lucky…before!) I am able to organize all my materials for the upcoming week in my material drawers.
You can buy these drawers for a decent price off Amazon…and I highly recommend you get yourself a couple sets because you won’t be disappointed!
I added a label for each day of the week and included an “extra” drawer to keep up with extra materials, hardcopies, leftovers, etc.
Within each drawer are four folders. One for morning work, reading, writing, and math (because those are the subjects I teach). I also have a green take home folder that rotates to whatever day it is.
This is a great routine to establish…when a paper comes in from the office, immediately put it in the “take home folder” and then pass it out at the end of the day.
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Lesson Plan Material Drawers
A few weeks back I did a facebook live to share with my followers how I organize my lesson plan material drawers. I also show you how I clean out an organize my “extra” drawer that is EXTRA messy! 😉
I am curious…Do you have a routine to organize your lesson plan materials? If so, how do you do it? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Until next time,