student book baskets?

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  1. TeacherKay9

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    I'm implementing Reader's Workshop in my 3rd grade classroom and need ideas of what to use for individual student book baskets. I'm broke and not sure the school would buy any baskets, so I need something cheap and/or free. Just wondering what options work well for student book baskets that the students keep at their desks during reading? I've thought about cereal boxes that I could cut to use as book baskets or zip-lock bags. Would appreciate any ideas and management ideas for the student book boxes.
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  3. Miss Kirby

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    I got some at Dollar Tree. So, it was about $25 for my whole class.
     
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    Try target. They have all shapes and sizes that are used to hold the planner and folders that they sell there. Last time I went, I reorganized all of there half-empty containers and gained 4 FREE durable red containers for books/folders.
     
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    I have seen some teachers use the rectangular shaped tall ice cube trays from walmart (not sure the cost). They don't take up that much space and they are tall so they support the books.
     
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    Ikea has awesome magazine boxes! They have plain white and some with designs on them, I got a package of 5 for 2.99.
     
  7. Upsadaisy

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    Go to the office stores and Wal Mart and ask them for the cardboard storage boxes that the file folders came in. They are like wider magazine files. They should give them to you since they'll just toss them out.
     
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    Exactly what I posted about!
    Upsadaisy, we can't tell too many people otherwise there won't be any for us next year! Hee-hee. just kidding:p
     
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    I actually just used large ziplock bags last year. They also had a folder for the papers and their response journals.

    This year, I bought magazine organizers (IKEA.) They will hold a journal, a folder and their books. They can bring them to the tables for SSR and writers or readers workshop.
     
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    dollar tree or any other the dollar stores probably also carry dish trays, not sure what they really call them... the container you used to use (before dishwashers) to wash your dishes in
     
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    Dish pan! I've used these. In fact, they're what I use in my son's bedroom for his million books. They work beautifully.
     
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    yes, that's the word i was looking for :)
     
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    If you are really strapped for cash, you could use cereal boxes. Just cut them out like mag file holders. I guess you could say they have ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT on the outside!
     
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    I don't know if you have cubbies in your room, but last year I had the kids store their books and things in cubbies and then just get them out during workshop time. It worked okay. This year I bought the dollar plastic file holder bins from target to use. We'll see how it goes.
     
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    cover the cereal boxes with decorative contact paper.
     
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    When you use cereal boxes you can also cover them with contact paper to make them a little stronger.
     
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    Check the salvation Army or Good will if you want real baskets, they might have them cheap--- tell the manager what size and how many you need and offer $.25 each.
     
  18. TeacherKay9

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    thanks

    these ideas are wonderful - thanks soooo much! I think I'll check walmart or target this weekend! Please keep posting if you think of something else! :)
     
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    The cat's out of the bag now, uclalum!!
     
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    If you don't mind storing them in a different location you could buy the canvas shoe holders. Each one has 12 spots. I hang them and use them to hold my students mail. They could easily hold a book. They are at Dollar Tree.
     
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    I bought a bunch of plastic baskets with handles!!!!! From...where else?? The Dollar Tree!!! I am in love with these baskets because unlike ziploc bags, they are almost indestructable!!! They come in different colors, durable and have handles at the top so my kids were able to move their baskets from the shelf, to their reading spots, back to their desks etc. with no problem. And to clean them, all you have to do is wipe them down. I think these were the best thing I've invested in all year! I even went out and bought 4 more, just in case.:2up:
     
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    I also plan to use ziplock bags for their books. I plan to buy the large sized ones and have them keep their baggies in their a file in a crate. They will also keep their reading journal and folder in their file. So, when it's time for readers workshop, all they have to do is grab their file.
     
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    I also used big ziplocs, but some of the kids filled theirs too full and they began to fall apart in about March. I guess I'll be monitoring that closer this year. When I ran out of zip bags, I started collecting plastic bags with handles from the Noodles restaurant and Forever 21 clothing store, and taped a big index card with the kid's name over the writing. I keep them all in a laundry basket. Takes up less space that individual magazine boxes, which I have also used.
     
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    success!

    Thanks for so many ideas everyone!

    I went to Walmart yesterday and talked to a sales associate in the school supply section to be sure it was ok. She helped me consolidate any folders and binders that were for sale and we ended up with about 15 folder boxes. They are pretty sturdy and are all one color. I may cover the price on the box with a sticker with each student's name on it. I needed 21, plus a few extra to be on the safe side, so I also ended up with some display boxes for crayola crayons. But I also hit the grocery side of the store and found that the display boxes that hold mixes for mashed potatoes are the perfect book box/basket size as well. So I consolidated the mash potatoes and grabbed some of those boxes too. Walked out with a cart, now car trunk full, of cardboard that Walmart was just going to trash and it was all easy and especially FREE! So I'm happy. Now I just have to figure out where in the classroom to _keep_ the book boxes....hmmmm.......:lol:
     

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