August 29, 2015

Starting Off the Year with an Empty Basket

For the most part in my class we use community supplies. Of course I get those sad faces and every once in a while an upset parent but once I explain my reasoning everything is usually all good! 

Why is the basket empty on the first day? The basket is empty because how the concept is taught the first few days of school can determine successful utilization of classroom supplies.
Some say community supplies does not teach students to take care of their own things, but I disagree. My students are responsible for keeping their group supplies organized, in good shape, and well kept.

I teach my students WITH A LOT OF DETAIL about how to take care of and use each supply. I teach each supply one at a time! I created the posters below and keep them up in the classroom. My students chant these little rhymes all year long!

I use the following rhymes:

Tip Up Before You Cup!
Let the Ink Sink!
Hear the Click Before You Stick!
A Big Space is a Waste!
Scissors Down Safe and Sound!
When You’re Through Close the Glue!
A Dot Does A Lot! A Line is Fine!
Put On the Top When You Stop!

Here is what my supply baskets look like. Each item has a particle place and the students work hard to keep them clean. 

Click on the picture to see what I do during my first week of school!

1 comment:

  1. I use community supplies too. I give kids an "out" on the first day. I tell them, "If your sparkly pencils are important to you, leave them at home. I leave my important items at home too. But I would never tell the other teachers 'no; it's mine' if they want to borrow a pen from my desk."

    I love your posters, too! They are on my wish list! Just one question; on the marker, what do you mean by the space being a waste?