In our classroom we have hooks by the door for students to hang their jackets and book bags on.  Do you guys have these, too?

It is nice, but it never seems to have enough hooks for students to hang their book bags AND jackets on.  The book bags slip off because the hooks are too close together.  Half the time one of the double hooks is broken so kids can’t even use all the hooks!  Blarg.
My co-teacher wonder-girl came up with this idea.
She found these fantastic buckets for only $5 each at Wal-Mart.
Each table has a bucket labeled with the Table number.  I laminated the signs, hot glued them to the buckets, and then covered the sign with clear packing tape.  I knew they would take a bunch of abuse and wanted them to stick on as long as possible!  
Each table has a bucket.  ONLY book bags go into the buckets and they MUST be zipped at all time.  We have between 4-5 students at a table and the buckets are the PERFECT size.  Jackets are hung on the hooks and book bags are set on the shelf above the hook.
Ahh.  No more chaos ans kids and find their bags!

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

2017-07-05T22:38:31+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

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