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.

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


Storing technology supplies (#ad): 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 cords. See more technology storage ideas in this blog post.


Pockets for storing classroom puzzles (#ad): They keep out the dust and students can see what's inside without having to go digging up through boxes to find them. The clear ones (#ad) with the black zippers are labeled for different classrom games.

Use them everyday for classroom centersColor coded tranlucent pockets (#ad) 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 (#ad): 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.

Use translucent zipper pouch ducumemt bags (#ad) to make math kits for your students like in the picture above. If you need to make individual supply class kits for different subjects, these are sturdy enough to last and the zips are different colors for color coding.

Clear zipper bags for classroom storage (#ad): 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 in mesh window pouches (#ad): 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. The most out-of-the-box thing I've seen with these is to use shower curtain rings to hang them from student desks.

Clear pouches for ring binders have the three holes for staying secured in the binder. These are great for storing the small cards for busy binder activities. 

To save on space, clear pockets (#ad) on a classroom door make a handy center for early finishers. This teacher used these clear pockets for displaying standards. See more ideas for making bulletin boards for displaying standards or student work here.

Reading packets (#ad): 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 (#ad) are best because the dry erase markers wipe off clean on those.

I am sure that they can have many other uses. 

Bonus use:

You know those desk plates (#ad) that you stick onto your students' tables? Please, never stick them directly to your tables because when you're ready to peel them off, they leave quite a mess. Do what this teacher did in the picture below. She said that she always places them in large sleeves (#ad), then sticks the sleeves to the desk.

What is the most unique way that you can use pouches?

Aside from using pouches and envelopes for classroom storage, there are lots of other ways to store classroom supplies for individual students. See some other options for storing student tools here in this blog post.


Justbeth said...

I love your organization ideas! Last year I had students use gallon plastic bags for their headphones, but will be honest, the bags did not make it through the year and then students headphones would be all tangled together. I also like your other ideas too. One question I have is on the clear envelopes for the group books, have you had students pull too hard and tear up the snap on it? I am just wondering if it will be sturdy enough for how rough some students can be.

Teacher Nyla said...

I have found that the snap clip on the traslucent envelopes stays on and doesn't come off, even with rough pulling. However, I did see a few of those bags tear either from the bottom or the side and the reason for that was that students were putting a pencil in it sometimes and the sharp pencils would make a hole or small tear, which would grow overtime. So no pencils.

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