HOW TO STORE THEMATIC UNITS IN THE CLASSROOM

Where do you store tools and resources for hands-on learning and thematic units? If you are looking for a better system, check out these simple tips.
Thematic units are a lot of fun and are a great way to engage your students and motivate them to really explore a subject.  They often come with an abundance of objects, especially odd shaped objects that are not easy to store.  These storage challenges can lead to you feeling stressed and wasting time looking for the resources related to the unit you are working on.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, don’t worry!  You can find solutions to some problems you are having with storing thematic units below.  Check it out!

This blog post will…


  • offer 5 storage solutions 
  • show you how to reflect on your instructional practices to determine whether you need something or not

Before we begin:



5 Storage Solutions for Thematic Units



  1. Start by having asking yourself, “Do I really need these things?”  Take a critical look at what you have and decide if you can part with some of the thematic units you’ve collected. If you don’t think you’ll be using some then be sure to pass them on to someone who could use them and gift yourself some added space in the classroom.
  2. Inventory the items that you are storing and keep that list accessible on your computer. It will be helpful to know what materials and resources you already have as you plan to teach the unit in future years.
  3. You may want to consider a photo inventory as well. This makes it easy to see at a glance and serves as a reminder of what things look like if you are looking to add borders and other decorative details in the future.
  4. Binders are great for organization, but if you have some time or someone willing to help, you could scan your materials and save them to your computer for easier access instead.
  5. Team up with a colleague to house materials. It may be more space-efficient if you keep all of the solar system-themed materials in your classroom while she stores your penguin materials with hers. This works especially well if you collaboratively plan and share resources.


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Where do you store tools and resources for hands-on learning and thematic units? If you are looking for a better system, check out these simple tips.
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