Organization ~ Construction Paper! - Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!

Organization ~ Construction Paper!

9" X 12" and 18" X 12" Construction Paper
Organization is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher!
It is the difference between a great teacher and an excellent teacher because you are not wasting your time & energy looking for things!

Some people have great big closets and/or cool wooden construction paper dividers/organizers. I am NOT one of those lucky teachers! I have a cabinet & I stack my construction paper a certain way that helps not only when you have the time to pull out a certain color, but also when you are in a hurry and need some paper while the boys and girls are sitting there and STARING. AT. YOU! The way I store my paper helps you get 20 pieces of one color or 20 pieces that are a variety! Sometimes you want 20 pieces of red for Christmas or 20 pieces of anything, for example, when they are making "Get Well Soon" cards & the color is not important! I hope my system helps you too!
  • Place all your construction that is still wrapped in plastic at the bottom of the stack.
  • Stack them in like colors, all the blues, then all the reds/pinks, etc. When I get next year's supply order delivered I will have a lot more paper. I will add more pictures then. There are 3 ways you can stack your colors
  1. Any Way ~Any color, in any order, just place them one on top of the other, still trying to keep all the blues together, all the greens together, etc.
  2. Rainbow ~ Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, Blues, Purples ~ then put the browns, black and white on top.
  3. Monthly ~ MY FAVORITE! I put all the colors that I "THINK" I will use for each month, keeping August/Back to School time on top and June on bottom! Aug./Sept. for me is a lot of red {apples} and green {we are the Gators!} next I store the oranges and browns for Halloween & Thanksgiving, then more red and green, light blues and whites for January, reds/pinks for February, etc. etc. etc.
Now stick with me! When I pull out and use my Aug./Sept. red packs, ever so slowly the orange packs become the top of the stack! :) Then during October as I use my orange packs, the brown slowly becomes the top of the stack! If you like organization I know you are now saying, Ohhhhhh, pretty cool!
Now, it keeps getting better ~ if you have a chunk left, lift up your stack and slide them back in on top of the plastic wrapped, unopened stacks. This will still keep your colors together while you are on that month!
Then when you have a few left, for example you opened a pack of 50 and used 44 pieces, just put the remaining paper top. Tada! That becomes your variety mix!

Soon I will post about how I do AR in my room, but for each test successfully passed, the student gets to make a link in our construction paper chain. All the tests in Aug./Sept. are red, October's test links are orange, etc. So that is also why I like the Monthly Method ! {♫ There's a method to my madness! ♫}

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