This year, I've decided to try out seat sacks.
Yes. We have desks. But I LOATHE how messy and "shoved" with papers they get. I don't know how. They just do.
AND, I do a lot of turn and talk activities within my groups. There was always the question of "who goes first?!" every time we were doing an activity.
SO, these seat sacks act as a 2-for-1 for me!
ONE: They help us organize. They keep their clipboard, pencil box/bag, book stick, Spelling Journals, and center folders.
TWO: They act as an easy way to turn and talk.
I got mine from The Seat Sack Company. They are a really good thick material and hold up strong. I got two different colors, blue and green... to match my room, of course!
This is how have it organized... I altered the two colors in my groups... BUT, every group is organized the same way. I actually have it so that all my 1A kids are blue, 2B kids are green 3A kids are blue, and 4B kids are blue. These are Kagan Team building "team jobs" assignments. I actually didn't write their names on the name tags given, but only because I wanted the sacks to stay at the same desk as my kids rotate around the room.
If you don't do Kagan, just make sure you alternate them all starting at the same "person."
When I say it's time to "turn and talk," my kids know to turn their chairs and sit knee to knee. And then I'll say "Green first!" and they know who has to start without even thinking twice. What I like about how it's organized is that when they turn and talk and they are sitting next to someone from the other group, it's the opposite color! So they don't have someone right next to them reading or talking at the same time.
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