Hang On
I use pants hangers to hang my anchor charts on the wall. When testing week comes, I just flip the charts around, so I don’t need to cover the walls.
—Lorie H. C.

Grow Readers
Window boxes for plants make great picture-book storage containers because it’s easy to face covers out. And it’s a nice way to extend classroom library space.
—Barb B.

Clean Storage
I have a ton of empty Clorox Wipes containers, so I peel off the labels, rinse and air the containers out, and then use them as storage for pencils, box tops, puzzles, anything that fits!
—Emily B.

Pizza Perfect
We use pizza boxes to make display books on anything from how to separate a fraction to a writing project.
—Rebekah B.

Once You Pop…
Clean Pringles containers store a multitude of items and don’t take up much space. If you punch a hole in the lid, you can store string inside and it doesn’t end up an ugly mess.
—Lisa S.

Shake It Out
Turn a clean, dry water bottle into an exploration jar. For younger kids, fill the jar with sand or salt and miniature objects. For my first graders, I print out sight words on tag board, cut the words out, and put them in the bottle with the sand or salt. Kids shake the bottles to find the words and then write them down as they do.
 —Meenal P.

Storybook Seating
Take jumbo stretchy book covers and stretch them over the backs of student chairs. The open end hangs like a pocket and students keep earbuds, chapter books, and small whiteboards in them. And they cost only $1!
—Nicole N. H.

Rotisserie Plants
I use rotisserie chicken containers as mini-greenhouses when we learn about plants. The seeds do great!
—Christieann R.

Contain Yourself
Empty cans covered with scrapbook paper hold almost everything, from pencils to counters to Popsicle sticks.
—Vicki G.

Cha-Cha-Cha!
Fill a clean, disposable water bottle with dried beans and you have a maraca.
—Melissa R.

Muffin Man
I use an old six-cup muffin pan in my desk to separate tacks, paper clips, etc.
—Liz H.

 

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