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Teacher Week: Why Organization (free item included)

I have said this before... I am NOT organized by nature.  I am a stacker and shuffler.  I make stacks starting in August and I shuffle them until May... OY!

Someone had asked me over on my blog (a while back) how I organized my student work materials for math workshop.  

Honestly, I was not happy with my response.  I put them all in one container and stacked them.  Not really efficient... definitely not organized.  Time was wasted each day as I passed out the work mats and other materials.  Who has time to waste each day?  Not it! Who wants 5 and 6 year olds to have idle time?  Not it!

Over the summer I thought about what I could do to disperse materials more efficiently AND keep them organized.

Ta DA!!!
These can be used to organize any math tool resources, regardless of the program you use.
 During our math workshop, my students work in pairs.  So I created 10 tool kits for my 20 students.  Each set of partners will be assigned to one tool kit.
Each tool kit is numbered.
 Inside the tool kit, I have everything we will need (minus the manipulatives).   Math talk cards, 10 frames, and smaller pieces are kept in the zipper pouch.  The dry erase marker is also kept in this pouch.
 Each piece inside the tool kit is numbered.
Additional supportive materials can be included.  
I have included a 100's and 120's chart in the free download.
You can download for free version of the Math Toolkit binder by clicking HERE.

You can also get Oceans of First Grade Fun's FREE resources HERE.
Have a great teacher week!

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  1. I was just in my classroom yesterday struggling with deciding what to do with my math manipulatives this year! This is a great suggestion! Thank you!

    Elementary Excellence

  2. What a great idea! I think you might be more organized than you think you are!
    Laughter and Consistency

  3. Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. We started Engage NY math this year and there are a ton of stuff to pass out for each lesson. We pass something out for a quick fluency and then have to pick it up, only to pass out something else. This is a great idea and I'm totally going to work something like it to help us out.