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 revolved around all six years. Those six little drawers are exactly how you can 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!
But lesson planning is not the purpose of this post. However, you can head right here to read one of my top posts on exactly that- how to lesson plan quickly and efficiently.
How to Organize Lesson Plan Materials
Teacher Friend, the thing I want most for you is freedom! Freedom to leave your classroom on Friday afternoon feeling prepared for Monday and the new week. Here’s how you can get the lesson planning done.
But when it comes to organizing your lesson plan materials, you need some routines for that.
Lesson Plan Drawers
You can buy these drawers for a decent price off Amazon…and I highly recommend you get yourself a couple of sets because you won’t be disappointed!
I added bulletin board border + 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, include folders for each of the subjects you teach. You can see the four I used here- one for morning work, reading, writing, and math (because those are the subjects I taught). I also used a green take-home folder that rotated 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.
You can see a complete break down of everything in my Lesson Plan Material Drawers in my first ever Facebook Live (bahhh!)
Getting Lesson Plan Materials Organized
Once I made all my copies, printed off all my handouts, and drew up my anchor charts, I organized them into the appropriate drawers.
Of course, not everything always fit. Sometimes I would have a lesson that involved Math manipulatives or Science materials (when I taught Science). Baskets and bins are super important to have in your organization arsenal because they can be used for so much- like this!
On Friday when I prepped all my materials, I would also assemble team bins with all of the materials for the Math or Science lesson that next week. I kept them stored in the area of the room where that subject’s materials were kept.
You can also outline anchor charts ahead of time. I did this and stored them, with a magnet, in between my filing cabinet and cabinet, as pictured below.
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,