If you teach in a science classroom, you probably know how important organization is. From test tubes to microscopes, science teachers are responsible for lots of supplies. However, being able to easily locate said supplies or find the right place to store it? That’s a different challenge. I want to share a few ideas for classroom storage that will keep your science classroom in tip-top shape.
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Ideas for classroom storage
Middle schoolers are constantly losing their supplies…and on the hunt for new ones. I’ve found that having a Teacher ToolBox is the best way to keep my personal items organized and out of sight from students. I use the toolbox for smaller items like Flair pens, mechanical pencils, Sharpies, Post-its, and more.
Rolling Storage Cart
One of my favorite classroom storage ideas is rolling storage carts. You can store everything from assignments, cardstock, colored paper, hall passes, and more. Plus, if you ever have to move classrooms or switch up your classroom layout, you can simply roll it where it needs to go!
While it may not be revolutionary, binders still stand as a useful tool for classroom organization. I like to store my hard copies of activities and assignments in binders, but you can also use it for student work, student data, important admin forms, and more.
Borders can be a real pain to organize (especially if you have a border obsession like me). Luckily, this border storage pouch makes it easy. This idea of classroom storage will allow you to see what borders you have quickly.
These stackable containers are my favorite way to organize items for specific units. This organization idea helps me keep my classroom in order and lab materials from landing all over the place. The containers are great for STEM kits, lab kits, or any other supplies you have.
These supply caddies are perfect for group work or shared table supplies. Inside the caddies, I keep day to day necessities like pencils, pens, and glue. You can also use them to store lab materials. Not only do they keep you organized, but they cut down on students getting up and wandering around looking for materials.
Photo Storage Containers
Photo storage containers are the task card storage solution of my dreams. I keep exit tickets in here, plus I sort all my task cards by unit with these. It makes it really easy to grab a set later. For example, when reviewing physical science I easily whipped out my physical science task cards for stations and handed out the physical science warm-up task cards as students walked in the room. Read about how you use task cards in your classroom here!
Want to try out a set of task cards? Grab the free physical science task card set here.
I hope these ideas for classroom storage helped you brainstorm some ideas for your own science classroom. Many of these organizational tools I have used for years, and they have been lifesavers when it comes to keeping my lab clean and organized.