I've been an elementary sub for a few years and have been in quite a few different classrooms in different schools. I have a question for those of you with your own classrooms: Who owns all the books in the book bins and all the toys, games, and manipulatives in the room? In some 4th and 5th grade rooms, the guided reading groups have assigned texts, so there will be 6 copies of Stone Fox, 6 copies of a Roald Dahl group, 6 copies of Hatchet, 6 copies of Tuck Everlasting, etc. Did the teacher buy those, did the school, or did the teacher say she needed them this year and the school bought them? The children definitely did not buy them (or via PTO, etc.) Some rooms have collections of books, bins labeled "NATURE" or "ASTRONOMY" or "HISTORY" or "BIOGRAPHY." And who owns the books and the bins? Same question about things like the popsicle sticks that teachers use for various things (attendance, job assignments), the magnets, the markers, etc. Thank you for solving the great mystery for me!