One of the most helpful things you can do to keep things clean and organize is to involve your students. Let them take ownership and responsibility over their materials. I know, I know, easier said than done. My students would be lost without picture labels. Label all of your bins with pictures and words so the students know how and where to put things away. A quick search on Teachers Pay Teachers will lead you to many free or cheap labels.

Next organizational tip... Math Bags. Each of my student has a Math Bag(Zip Bag or Manila Envelope) to store their materials and a small check sheet to so they know what supplies should be in there. If they discover something is missing they can go over to the labeled supply bins and retrieve what they need. When it is time for independent practice or Guided Math Centers the students take their Math Bags out and can get straight to work without wasting instructional time passing out supplies.

In the beginning of the year I involve the students in the distribution of the math materials. I split the students up into teams and then have them sort the counting cubes by color and then into towers of 10.Each student selects a tower of 10 to add to their Math Bag and the rest get stored by color in Freezer Zip Bags for the future. The students also add dice, counting chips, a spinner, shape blocks, and of course a pencil to their Math Bags.

Now that all of your manipulative are organized for the year it's time to start introducing your Guided Math Centers. If you are unfamiliar with Guided Math Centers or Math Workshop there are a million great resources out there that explain different ways to get started.

Like many others I use the acronym B.U.I.L.D. for my Math Centers. BUILD stands for...

- Buddy Games,
- Using Manipulatives,
- Independent Practice,
- Learning with Technology,
- Doing Math with the Teacher.

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