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I use large manila envelopes. I put a copy of the directions on the outside of the game and then laminate the envelope. Then inside I put gameboards/pieces/etc. that students will need. Then I just store them in a tub standing up and students can look through them to find the one needed. As for general supplies that are used in multiple games (like dice and cards) I just have tubs of each so the students can find them easily.

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Warrensirk 07-28-2011 02:11 AM

This is my first year to fourth but in first grade I had a math games bookshelf. When we learned a new game I would put it and the supplies needed in a ziplock bag (though I love the mamilla envelope idea) and then I had multiple sets of the game in ziplocks. I would put each set of games in a magazine/bankers box. I had about six of these boxes on the shelf plus a bin with a box of cards, dice, unifix cubes (for game pieces), ect. I would rotate the games out and take out what I felt they needed the least when we learned a new game. I also had one box that held some of the old gameboards (because I usually had lots more laminated cardstock copies from when we first learn it as a class). This system worked beautifully for first graders so I am hoping it will work in fourth.**I also wrote on the outside of the bag the name of the game and manipulatives needed so they rembered to put them all back

TGall 07-27-2011 04:03 PM

this is our first year with EDM too...since I am a little anal with organization, I was also wondering how to organize all the games and figure out which ones to laminate, which ones to just photocopy...all soooo overwhelming...
Thanks for posting this question as I will be watching responses too....
I do like the manila folder idea...seems organized.

beachaudrey25 07-22-2011 10:26 AM

I love the idea of storing the games in manila envelopes with the directions on the outside. Great suggestion!!
I would also like to know what is ideal for making the sets of games. As well, let me know about the pretests as well. I have been teaching Everyday Math but I think a pretest would help me out significantly!!

Thanks so much!!

greenapples 07-21-2011 06:30 PM

I appreciate the tips! I was wondering how many sets of each game should be made. And, some people are saying they give a pretest for each unit so they can set up groups. Where are these pretests located?

teach_alaska 07-21-2011 03:33 PM

I use large manila envelopes. I put a copy of the directions on the outside of the game and then laminate the envelope. Then inside I put gameboards/pieces/etc. that students will need. Then I just store them in a tub standing up and students can look through them to find the one needed. As for general supplies that are used in multiple games (like dice and cards) I just have tubs of each so the students can find them easily.

teacherShan 07-21-2011 09:24 AM

I have done a lot of storage as I go in the past 2 years. I put the actual game boards in a small window box or rectangular planter (It was hard to find something about the same size to have them stand up). I think I got it at walmart. Some teachers put all the dice together and the cards in a small plastic container. Others put it in sets or kits for the students to take a whole kit when they do games. You'll have to see what works for your organizational style and preference too. Hope this helps. I don't have any pics since I can't get into my classroom.

greenapples 07-21-2011 09:03 AM

Would you please share any ideas or pics of the way you organize and store all the games for everyday math? This will be our first year with the program and I'm trying to get my 'game' plan before school starts. thanks!




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