Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Math Materials--Organized

Last year during the Math Workstations Blog Book Study I organized my math materials.  I only kept enough materials for one class.  I stored them in my math cabinet.  You can find my labels here.  Throughout last year I made a few changes.  Here is what it looks like now.

Inside the containers I placed smaller containers filled with enough materials for one or two children.  This made it easier to place materials in the math workstations.  We were also able to pass out and put away materials quickly.

For money and two sided counters,  I used the small Glad plastic containers that you can find just about anywhere.  There is no specific number of coins or coutners.  The children just have to make sure all coins and counters are in a container.

For Base Ten Blocks I used sandwich containers.  Each container has  2 hundreds, about 23 tens 25 ones.

If you will remember I store my number cards like this:

This year I have taken paper punches and punched designs in the cards so we can keep them together.  Each number card set has the same punch,  that way if one card is missing I can tell which conatiner it belongs to.

I store the number cards in these boxes like the ones that lunch meat come in.  I "modgepodged" the numbers on the containers.  Hopefully, students can keep the number cards organized.

Flash Cards:

I have students practice math facts fluency before they do any work in the math workstations.  I give them a small number of flash cards and they have to work with their partner to answer the facts.  I keep my my facts in travel soap containers.

Once again, I "modgepodged" numbers on them hoping to keep them organized throughout the year.


  1. That is some awesome organization. I love the soap boxes with flash cards! How do you do Math Centers or the Daily 5 in your classroom,? I'm having a Math Daily 5 Linky Party and would love it if joined!

    Teaching with Moxie

  2. Wow! Can I hire you to come into my classroom and organize like that?? lol. You did a great job. I love how you organized everything!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I love taking a peek in your cupboards. I have seen many ways to mark decks of cards, but I have never seen them punched. I am just in awe. The debate is ask permission or ask forgiveness? Hmm...

    Thank you for sharing!!
    Stories by Storie

  4. Thanks for sharing all your great organizational ideas! I love the soap containers of quick math facts! I think I need to make those... they would be great for me to have on hand for practice and review for my very first year of teaching 2nd!

    That's So Second Grade

  5. Wow, you are super organized! I've kept cards in the soap dishes also, but I've never really thought about punching a hole in it to keep sets together. I always used stickers. Which can be removed, lol! I might try that this year, thanks!!

    The Daily Alphabet

  6. I am getting ready to organize my math supplies, so I am very grateful that you posted this! Thanks!

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★