Sunday, July 8, 2012

Organizing Math Games

Hi Everyone!

As a teacher I have so much stuff that at times I feel like a hoarder (can you relate?!). My team and I always joke that the show "hoarders" needs to feature classrooms because it is amazing how much stuff we can creatively cram in our rooms!  We are teachers, we are resourceful, and we save everything!  We can come up with 1 hundreds reasons to keep 200 coffee filters, a bag of broken crayons, or even a 10 pound bag of rice! 
Anyway, one problem I kept running into my first year was that I had so many great resources scattered all over the place, that I had trouble remembering to pull them out when I needed them!  Since then I have spent a lot of time organizing and rearranging my room.  It is has really helped maximize the use of my materials, especially in math.  I had so many wonderful games I’ve made and purchased from TpT that I didn’t even use my first year!  They sat filed in a filing cabinet (my first attempt at being organized) and were rarely being used all year!  So sad!
Here’s what I did to become more organized---

I realized that our math series (Go Math!) has 9 key chapters.  So I bought an inexpensive 9 cube shelf from target and 9 cute (durable!) bins to go in it.   I put numbers (1-9) on each bin and organized all of my math games by chapter.   Now after the kids finish their worksheets in chapter 8, they choose a math game from bin 8 and this provides reinforcement of the skills featured in their worksheets that day. 
It works great.  Best of all, this system allows the previous chapters math games to stay available all year!  The kids love playing games from previous chapters, which allows them to constantly spiral down and practice skills from earlier in the year.  All of my kids scored at the highest level on their math standardized test last year and I really credit this to the fact that they were constantly revisiting all skills all year! 


Numbers are velcroed on (hence why some are crooked atm!)

Bin 8 is all comparing and ordering games! 

So there is have it! That is how I organize my math games!  How do you keep track of yours??



14 comments:

  1. Great job, Liv! Love what you have done! I have so many games in so many boxes and yes I do forget what I have! Thanks for the inspiration to get organized!
    Teresa

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  2. I have just nominated you for an award as a thank you for always sharing such unique ideas! Head over to my blog to check it out :)!

    -Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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  3. Hi Olivia, I just found your blog. I'm your newest follower. I've been enjoying some of your posts. Have a great day!

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

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  4. That is a great idea! I am still trying to think of an idea and may steal this one! I am following from Wild About Teaching.

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  5. Just found your blog! I teach first, also.
    Stop by my blog sometime.
    :)
    Tamera
    http://www.myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  6. I can totally relate to feeling like a hoarder! It seems like the younger the grade you teach the more "stuff" you have AND need! I try to "purge" a little at the end of each school year....but I'm afraid that as soon as I get rid of it I'll need it!

    I currently have my math games in a big cute storage box from IKEA and I made dividers to separate them by skill, but it's still a mess! And I forget what I have!

    I like your system a lot better, Liv! I'm inspired now!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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  7. Cute thanks for sharing! I have a few of those baskets myself :)

    I was looking for your email but couldn't find it here- I wanted to thank- you for stopping by my blog and adding your link. I had to remove the code and re-do since images were not showing up. Please head back to my blog and add your link again...sorry..it should work now :)

    Color Me Kinder

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  8. Cute games. Thank you for sharing this great games
    Math Genius Defender

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  9. I like this organizational idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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  10. I love your labels and have been working on the same thing this summer. I had to stop because I need larger storage baskets/tubs. I have been trying to be better about hoarding! =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  11. LOVE this!!! I'm your newest follower :)

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