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As you probably know, in addition to being a mom and blogger, I am also a first-grade teacher. July is the time I start preparing to go back to school. During this time, I get my classroom organized and ready for a new group of kiddos to arrive in August. To get myself and my classroom organized I turn to Ziploc® brand products.
Ziploc® brand products are a great tool for teachers. From crackers to crayons you can use them for just about anything. As a mom, I also use them for my kids when preparing for back to school. I like their backpacks and supplies to be organized so that their teachers don’t have a hard time finding anything. It also helps busy moms with morning lunch preparation.
25 Ways to use Ziploc® brand Products in the Classroom
- For snacks.
- To use in science experiments.
- To store cut-out letters and numbers.
- To hold math manipulatives.
- To roll dice. Put 2 dice in a Ziploc® brand Container Small Square and have them shake the container so that they don’t roll all over the classroom.
- For paper clip storage.
- For lunches.
- To use for sensory exploration, fill with water or shampoo and food coloring to have kids explore by smooshing the bag around.
- To organize reading books by levels.
- To keep reading groups supplies organized.
- For math fact practice, printables work great in Ziploc® brand Storage Bags.
- To make Baggie Books
- To keep student’s homework papers together.
- To keep Writer’s Workshop books in one place after they are done writing them.
- To send papers home in.
- Ziploc® brand Containers are great to put paint in for easy clean up!
- To take art projects home in.
- To keep unfinished work in.
- To keep a change of clothes in. You just never know what could happen at school!
- To explore the properties of dirt without getting your hands dirty and making a mess in your classroom. (I do this every year)
- To keep unfinished art projects together to finish on another day.
- To water the classroom plants.
- To put worksheets in so kids can do them with a dry erase marker and wipe them off for another student to do later.
Ziploc® brand Storage Bags with Easy Open Tabs® are my preferred bags for my baggie book program at school. These bags are the same quality expected from the Ziploc® brand, but with an added tab, making them easy to grip and easy to open. Baggie books are leveled readers that are “just right” books for each student. They pick out 3-4 books on Monday for reading at home and return them on Friday. This way they can practice reading books on their level at home with their family members.
I use Ziploc® brand Storage Bags because they are durable and they are easy for my little guys to open and close. I also make baggie books for my own kids when we travel or for independent reading while mommy is working during the summer.
How to Make Baggie Books:
First you get a Ziploc® brand Storage Bag in the gallon size.
Next, choose a label for your baggie. I used a cute little sticker that I put packaging tape over to make sure it doesn’t peel off. You could just use a permanent marker and write the name on the bag but I love a little extra touch.
Finally, find “just right” books for your kiddos and fill them up! These are so easy to throw into the back seat of the car when on a road trip or to place inside of a book bag to ensure the books are not getting torn up.
I stocked up on Ziploc® brand Storage Bags and Ziploc® brand Containers on my weekly Kroger shopping trip. You can find them in the food storage aisle.
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