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!

Published by Mandy Gregory

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.

6 replies on “Book Bag Chaos”

  1. I like this. A lot!!! I don't have hooks and I'm still trying to think about where to store that stuff this year…and school starts in two days!!! Thanks Mandy! 🙂 🙂

  2. Great idea! We have those hooks as well.. but three rows of them! Talk about chaos! Each kid has their own personal hook and each morning and afternoon I call them by row to hang up/go get their things. But….when we go outside for lunch or recess, it is a madhouse trying to get jackets, because all the book bags fall! I was trying to think of something to fix the problem, and you may have just done it! hats off to your co-teacher! Thank for sharing!!

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