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I admit it, I'm a hoarder.  BUT only when it comes to brightly colored organizational classroom materials.  Not like those people on the TV shows that can't see the floor of their house.  {I can't even watch the commercials for those shows}  Since I'm admitting to this, I might as well link up with Second Grade is Out of This World's linky The Real Teachers of "Blog" County: Hoarders Edition.

I love plastic bins!  Too much.  I have a lot ton of them.  Yet, I keep buying more.  It's a compulsion.  Some women like shoes.  I, apparently, like brightly colored storage.  Here's how I put most of them to good use in my classroom.

Many are in my classroom library.  In fifth grade, I have mostly novels so they fit in these small bins.  I try to create a color-coded system to make it easier for my students to navigate my library.  For example, books that are grouped by author are in green bins.

I think I hoard books too, so storage is a necessity!

I also use bins to store my students' notebooks in the classroom.  This allows me to check them, even if the students are not in the room.  It also keeps them all in one place, where they can't get lost (or taken home by accident)!  I teach several classes of reading and social studies.  Each bin is labeled with the subject and class name.

The shallow bins are used for notes and homework.  The students drop their papers off when they come to class and it's easy for me to collect.  Again, I have them labeled by class name.  The label templates came from the fabulous Ladybug's Teacher Files.

 Now, where do I get all my bins from??  The cheapest places I can find!  Since I can't seem to stop buying them, I don't get expensive ones.

The Dollar Store has the neon colored ones, although they do change their colors seasonally (you can purchase them in bulk online).  Target Dollar Spot is prime real estate for cute plastic bins.  I have also found really durable ones in their clearance section.  Big Lots has some fun colors for cheap too!  Most of the bins were $1.00 or less.  Perfect!

My classroom hoarding has now carried over into my house as well (just don't tell my husband).  I run my Colorful Apple Jams business from my office so I obviously need storage there too!

Are you a teacher hoarder?  What can't you get enough of??  I want to know!
This past week we celebrated The Great Kindness Challenge as part of our PBIS initiative.  While the blizzard messed it up a little, we still had a great time spreading kindness throughout the school!

We started our week with a kickoff kindness assembly.  The students were given their own Challenge Checklist to complete throughout the week.  Their goal was to complete as many acts of kindness as they could.

One of the challenges was to give your teacher an apple.  I received a lot of delicious apples this week!

At the end of the week, the Challenge Checklists were collected so we could see how many challenges were completed in total.  Each grade level had a different colored sheet.

On Friday, each class visited the gym to complete a series of Kindness Stations {very thankful to the PTF who helped run them!}.  The students made cards for adults in the school (teachers, custodians, aids, etc).

Each grade created their own Helping Chain.  Each student contributed a link that shared a way they had helped someone out during the week.

We had a blizzard so there were a lot of "I helped shovel" links!

Each grade level also created a handprint banner.

In addition to creating cards for adults, students created some for their friends and siblings as well.  I thought this one was awesome!

It was a great school-wide activity that was helped students realize that kind acts can be really simple, but go a long way!

Looking for more ideas?  Check out the website for The Great Kindness Challenge to help your school celebrate!
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