of upper-elementary friends to share a Back to School Survival
Guide. And it is chock-full of tips and resources to help you
prepare for a brand new year!
I’m hoping to provide some helpful hints you can use, well before your students arrive. I’m also hoping you will be able to share your tips at the end of this post as well, so we can compile a huge list of ideas together!
And more times than not, a new student or two shows up unexpectedly. How can I set up a well-organized classroom with all this unknown?
I am just a little Type-A with how things should look. Have you noticed this? 😉 But I’ve learned to let a few things go for the sake of preparation. For my student name plates, I would really love to have them printed out with a great font. To be ready for a new school year as soon as possible, I print and laminate them ahead of time, during the summer break. Then, once I have my class list, I write the students’ names with Sharpies. In order to keep the names from getting erased over time, I use a piece of clear packing tape over the name.
Since my students sit together at tables, I like to have materials ready to go for each group, right from day one. One of the best tools for this has been my Student Toolboxes. These toolboxes house all of our community supplies in an organized fashion and are perfect in case students are unable to bring some of these supplies to school.
The toolboxes are also great places to store a folder on back. These are called backpack folders and are top-loading. I attach them with Velcro and they are the PERFECT place to hold papers for the morning, or even different parts of the day. Nothing makes me feel more prepared than having all of my student papers for the morning already passed out into these folders, ready to go. I use this method from day one so I can hit the ground running, even if I have extra students arriving:
Numbers for Group Materials
as well as textbooks for each group. I store them in bins like these (they are the new black ones from Really Good Stuff…squee!). This makes it easy for a student to grab three at a time for the classmates at their table:
I like to use the same stickers to number my sets of class novels, for our read alouds:
I fill all of my student drawers with these materials, ready to go, well in advance of a new school year. This is one major thing that is already done, even before I have a class list. I also stock enough drawers to be planned ahead for any new arrivals…since I have students enter throughout the school year (as I know many of you do as well!).
Numbers for Student Checklists
I hope these tips will help you with your preparations for a new year, so everything can be put into the right place, as soon as your students arrive….