Team Tubs are an important way for me to accomplish two of my favorite things – being organized and using cooperative learning structures. Over the years, I’ve been able to put together a set of plastic shoe box sized tubs to hold a set of supplies for the six teams in my classroom. Let me tell you the ins and outs of how to assemble your own team tubs so group work in your classroom is as easy as one, two, three!
Organized into Teams
I love to use cooperative learning structures in my classroom! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, then you’ve heard me mention the Kagan website more than once. In order to facilitate the use of their wonderful cooperative learning structures, I organize my students into groups or teams. Each team is given a color, and students can work together to choose a name and design a mascot. I average 24 students per year, and I have a total of 6 teams – red, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple.
Team Tub Supplies
Using requisition money from both the regular school year and summer school, as well as parent donations I’ve been able to assemble these tubs. Think of them as “cooperative learning kits.” Just about everything can be purchased at Walmart or some other discount chain store. I even found the clear, plastic storage tubs (including lids) there. Here’s a list of the supplies in each tub:
- ruler – flexible plastic, with both standard and metric units
- box of 24 crayons
- package of white 3″x5″ index cards
- Sharpie marker
- dry erase marker
- sticky notes
- set of colored pencils
- pencil sharpener
- one pair of scissors
Color Coding Your Team Tub Supplies
To keep everything organized and to make clean up even easier, whenever possible I purchased items in one of the six colors representing each team. For example, the supplies for the Purple Team are all purple. If something gets lost, students can simply use the color of the item to let them know where to return it. Another nice feature about color coding the items, is that you can recognize which team answered a question by the color of the highlighter or marker they used. Comments written in a blue marker are easily and automatically attributed to the Blue Team.
Team Tubs Make It Easy
These team tubs don’t require a lot of space to store. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it doesn’t cost of lot of money to keep them adequately replenished each year either. If you regularly use cooperative learning structures with your students, then consider getting organized through the use of Team Tubs. It will give you one more reason to look forward to using cooperative learning in your classroom!