I’m such a geek about organization. Just saying the phrase “color-coded” gets me excited! And, as I’ve mentioned before, a trip to Staples? Well, that’s my idea of a good time! That’s just how I roll. My mom? Well, let’s just say she’s not so much into the organization like I am. So when I started showing these organizational tendencies at an early age, she definitely wondered about me!
DIY Power Pix
Last school year I went full force with the Power Pix for my curriculum – made over 200 of them! (Creating lessons and resources for my classroom is another one of my passions!) Most of my ideas for language arts and math came from the Whole Brain Teaching website. They have entire sets of both subjects for grades K-3. Which is great…except I teach 4th grade. Plus, my curriculum is a bit more segregated with language arts broken down into Reading and Grammar. Well, I sure didn’t let a little thing like that stop me – I have PowerPoint for cryin’ out loud! So I got busy and made my own. I stayed with the original color borders for math and kept reading the same as well, but then I made a few changes of my own. Why not? It was for my classroom. 🙂
- Math – red
- Reading – blue
- Grammar – pink (my fave color)
- Science – green (makes me think of plants, which is science-y)
- Social Studies – purple (just because)
Color-Coded Lessons and Resources
The last several months have seen me re-organize my curriculum resources/lessons based on this color-coded system. Let’s take Social Studies, for example. Since the Power Pix border for that subject is purple, that’s the color I chose when it was time to start getting my curriculum color-coded. Binders, divider tabs, supply pouches…even my interactive notebook is purple!
I love having my curriculum color-coded! And just in case you were wondering, I use black binders for my PLC meeting notes, grade-level information and assessment data. Things like seasonal resources (i.e., back-to-school) are stored in white binders. Oh, and my summer school resources have their own cute little orange binder.