Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Idea for Guided Reading/Small Group Table

Since we are in a new school we just received BRAND NEW small group tables over Spring Break. I was so excited & freaked out after break when I saw this new table. I was so used to my new classroom just the way it was BUT I didn't have a group table set up yet. I was obsessed with getting it just the way I wanted it and trying my best to leave it clutter free. 

I use this 12'' pink Craftsman tool tote in my craft room at home. It's perfect to grab and go when I need it in another room. I filled it up & keep it under my new small group table. 

Here is what I am currently keeping in my tote for this month. 
1. Spring words for reading and writing practice. 
2. Colored index cards for weekly sight/spelling/vocab word practice. 
3. Phonic skill of the week words. 
4. 1 & 2 minute sand timer for fluency practice. 
5 & 6. See inside the boxes below.
  Dry erase markers & erasers for each student. 

This box contains all my favorites! Color coding labels (all sizes), washi-tape, full adhesive Post-it notes, and all different kinds of Post-it tabs. 
 7 & 8. Since it's poetry month I have poetry task cards from my friend Denise over at Sunny Days in Second Grade. I also have the monthly word cards from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles. 
9. Poetry task cards
10. Comprehension ? cards
11. Scentos highlighters-used for highlighting phonics skills of the week. 
12. Spelling word shaker (small spelling words and fuzzies).
13. Poetry packet for the month. 
14. My tiara that I wear while I am "off limits" during small group. 
15. Special markers for underlining and circling WOW words during Work on Writing. 

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I hope you enjoyed my bright idea for the month. Check out all of the other fabulous ideas below!


  1. Love your tote filled with goodies! At this point I just have a miniature tub but I love your tote idea! Great post!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  2. It always amazes me how creative and resourceful we teachers are! I love the tote idea and I am already thinking if different ways I can use it. And the tiara idea - love it! ~ Lisa

  3. I love that tote! I must have it and everything inside!!!
    Teaching Ever After

  4. I love this tote idea! I even have one of these totes! I struggle sometimes with organizing all of my guided reading goodies. Thank you for sharing this idea! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. I love that tote and the way you have it organized. I might just try this for next year!
    Snips and Snails and Primary Tales

  6. I love your tote!!! I just bought one for me and one for my second grade bestie.... Now I have to fill it!!

  7. Oh my goodness! This post is AMAZING! Seriously AMAZING!!!! I adore you!

  8. Love this idea! Where did you get the tote?

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