You see, though I loved our book bags for Reader’s Workshop in the past, they were getting old and worn.
And they were just hard to store!
I tried some of those sticky hooks on the wall, but they would eventually fall off in the humidity. I tried lining them up on some shelves, but they just looked too messy. In the end, we draped them over the chairs in our classroom. This was ok, but they were dragging on the floor. And starting to look pretty dirty.
So I started thinking about my ideal storage in the classroom…the storage that works best for me as a teacher. And how this could maybe work for the students too. And it came down to those lovely, clean Sterilite drawers.
I use them for my files. Hold on, I may have a recent picture…
(ok, so that’s the back of them, but you get the idea!). I’ve had them for years now and they work so well for books, games, any teaching materials I need to keep sorted.
So I thought, why not use something similar for my students’ reading materials? They could store their books and reading journals, pull them out for Reader’s Workshop, then put them away all tidy at the end of workshop. We even tried out a few of my old drawers at the end of the school year. The kids loved them and told me I must use them next year! So cute.
The only thing I was worried about were those larger pictures books that may not fit in the drawers…since the ones I have for my files are for 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
Well, it took me awhile, but I finally stumbled upon a solution…
Oh, and I almost forgot (thank you to a friendly reader!) I will be using these in addition to the chair pockets I already made. The chair pockets are smaller and meant to hold a book or two that my students will need at a moment’s notice, any time during the day, while at their tables. These drawers are meant for Reader’s Workshop specifically and can hold all of the needed materials.