On Monday I shared my manipulative storage drawers that my students use each day. Today I wanted to share how the students keep their own tools in order and together in their desks.
At the beginning of the school year I give each child their own math resource pocket... It's simply a manila envelope that I've laminated to last all year. They keep these pockets in their desk to store various tools that they make. As you can see, we do a lot of foldables, so this is a great way for the kids to keep those handy to refer back to. Our math curriculum, Everyday Math, also has the students make a lot of things, so this keeps them all contained in one place.
My theory is that there's no point in making these kinds of tools if the kids can't use them later on. These resource pockets are the perfect solution to keeping them handy for daily use.
Do you have any great organization or storage tips for math tools and manipulatives?
I'd love to hear and see what organization systems you've made work in your classrooms!