Friday, 7 June 2019

10 Ways to Use Storage Envelopes in the Classroom

This is a handy list of ten ways to use storage envelopes in the classroom. Each item and function is a little different but they all help you to have classroom systems that promote order and neatness.  You can call them pouches, sleeves, envelopes, or cases. Some are used for active learning while others work behind the scenes to keep things organized.

Use lots of dry erase pockets to show your students' work for each subject on a large wall area or bulletin board display.
These pockets can hold a lot of work.

Storing technology supplies: Just attach a number system to each bag for your technology stations and you're good to go. Store earphones and splitters, computer mouse stuff and connecting chords.


Pockets for storing classroom puzzles: They keep out the dust and students can see what's inside without having to go digging up through boxes to find them.

Use them everyday for classroom centersColor coded tranlucent pockets are great for daily use in centers. Everything needed for a particular skill/game is one pouch and the enclosure ensures that the pieces do not get lost.

Clear Pockets for Handwriting Worksheets: These can be used for any worksheet that you want students to do over and over again for practice. Handwriting is the number one skill that takes a lot of repitition to get it mastered. These clear pockets are perfect for this.

Clear zipper bags for classroom storage: These are actually travel storage bags that you can use to file away important student folders or subject are work in durable zipper bags that allow for easy sorting.

Storing student's supplies: These can be kept in bins or hang on a door as in the pictures above. They have a transparent mesh on the front and a solid color on the back. I love that the colors are so bright and they are durable too.

To save on space, clear pockets on a classroom door make a handy center for early finishers.

Reading packets: Have reading bags with selected books for each reading group.

The most common use is for student work. Note that some sleeves are matte while others are shiny. The shiny ones are best because the dry erase markers wipe off clean on those.

I am sure that they can have many other uses. What is the most unique way that you can use pouches?

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