Organizing my Making Words Supplies

I'm going to be honest. Organization is NOT the name of my game... I will NOT be sharing pictures of my pristine teacher work space. Mostly because it doesn't exist. However, I do know where everything is, even though it looks like a tornado whipped across my classroom.

One of my tier 2 interventions is an extra Making Words session for six of my bunnies. Yes, SIX! I was using my magnet letters, but six bunnies diving into one box to get their letters was not a pretty sight. It was frustrating to see how long it was taking them to get their letters (totally not their fault). The last straw was when we ran out of letters. We made a "w" with two "v"s, an "h" with an "l" and "n." The bunnies were so sweet and flexible when they had to use the make-shift letters, but I couldn't let this keep happening.

I went to Walmart and bought seven coupon organizers for $1.97 each.
I did find some at the Dollar Store and some super cute ones in the Dollar Spot at Target, but they only had six pockets, and I wanted more pockets. These non-cute Walmart ones had 12 pockets.

I had parent helpers do all the rest. First they copied seven sets of 1-inch by 1-inch letters onto blue and red construction paper. I did two of each consonant (except there are three r's, s's, and t's) and three of each vowel. The letters were laminated and cut out. Then they labeled the organizers and sorted the letters.

Each letter has a number on the back so that if it gets separated from its home, we know which organizer to put it belongs to.

And here's the finished product!

We had a little chat about NOT turning the organizers upside down so all the letters fall out. I would estimate that getting out supplies took half the time. And they were SUPER excited about it! This set up took up so much less space than the magnets and the magnet boards. I'm so happy with how this turned out! 

Now where to store the letters when we're not using them? Luckily for me, I have an extra (or twelve) baskets that holds them perfectly!

I only have 5-7 minutes a day for my Making Words intervention, and I know this new organizational system will make this time go so much smoother!


  1. What a fantastic idea! I have some organizers, I could totally do this. Thanks!

  2. This is an awesome idea!! I love it, and love how you numbered the back of them so you would know what set it goes with! Great job!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

  3. Ok - you get a gold star for this idea! It's pretty brilliant. I will be doing this - thanks for sharing.


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