Thursday, June 28, 2012

Help with Desk Baskets...


I am currently at the NEA conference, but have scheduled a few posts for while I am away :)

I fell in love with these desk baskets from Dollar Tree... Oh Dollar Tree, how do I love thee!!!

We are projected to have 17-20 in our classes this year, so I will most likely have either 5 groups of 4 or 4 groups of 5 desks in my room.  Went ahead and bought 5 baskets just in case.    Here are some pics- they were taken at night, so the color is a little off.

As I was debating between green and blue (should I do just one color or a mix was my debate), my hubby walked up and was like "you know you are going to get the blue".  Gosh, he knows me! 

So, now I am trying to figure out what to put in them and what labels to use.   I need your help! 

1.  What all should I put in these?  I had group baskets several years ago, but my memory is kind of fuzzy on what I included.  My students are switching classes this year and I will be teaching reading. 

Here is my list so far: hand sanitizer, highlighters, pens, colored pencils or markers (need to check my supplies back at school).  What are your suggestions? 

2.  Here are the labels I am playing with so far...

So, let me know your opinions :)  Thanks! 


  1. What about glue sticks, scissors or post-its?

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. Looks good!! I agree with glue and scissors!


  3. I LOVE Dollar Tree too for baskets and such. I think just about all of the 100 baskets (maybe I'm stretching that number a little, but not much) are from dollar tree!

    I found the CUTEST bright pink, purple, blue, and green square baskets with bubble like holes in them that I think I'll use for my A-Z books or chapter goes right along with my "ocean" theme and my bright colors!

    I have always had rows in my classroom. When I do pods like you are talking about, it seems to take up too much room and someone is always complaining that they can't see....

    I would love to hear how pods work for others....


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