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I'm not a new teacher but have a new grade (1st) and am new to Daily 5. I'm searching for the perfect book boxes...any suggestions? I'm trying not to spend my entire summer searching the internet or driving to Target and Walmart everyday! I'd appreciate any suggestions or help!


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Really Good Stuff has great book boxes. They are expensive but will last you FOREVER!
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I bought ice boxes from the dollar store. They work great. They resemble the boxes from Really Good but are much less expensive and have lasted several years now.
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Don't get the Target ones. They have all cracked and broken on me. I'm splurging this year and ordering from Really Good Stuff.
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ice boxes?
Last year I tried these cute bags from Target on their chair backs-disaster. bags ripped books everywhere- not enough room behind their chairs- nope don't do it.
I had plastic boxes from the dollar tree- worked well but took up a lot of space.
I am in first too. and it took a while to get smooth at transitioning to get book boxes/return book boxes. Some kiddos used that time as an opportunity to waste time, but I couldn't figure out anything else to do!!
Curious to see what other people do!


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Similar to Really Good Stuff but cheaper
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I found this site on Pinterest that has nearly identical boxes to Really Good Stuff but for almost half the cost: http://www.stepstoliteracy.com/plast...ors-16396.html

And a comparison of the two here: http://www.christifultz.com/2013/07/...ook-bins.html/
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Clogs1228, thanks! And a question...
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I had never seen the Steps to Literacy web site, and those book bins sure look promising. Thanks for the tip! Question for those of you who already use book bins: Do the bins without "wings" (supporting feet) stand up properly? I've always wondered whether they get top-heavy and fall over, but I've also wondered whether the wings were worth the price. Plus, I worry they could snap off. How has this worked for you?
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I had the book boxes with wings and the idea is great but they kept falling off and, strange as it may seem never belonged to anyone. I would have 3-4 of them on the whiteboard railing waiting to be claimed. After the first year I didn't bother to put them on. The book boxes could get tippy so I had the kids lean then against their desk legs during our reading block and put them on the shelf at the end of our literacy block.
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So- guess I'll stay away from the cloth bags. Has anyone tried the 2 gallon ziplock bags. I don't really want to use these but I am so limited on space. I've seen where a couple people have used these or even ordered the "cute" ones from really good stuff.
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thanks for the great tip on steps to literacy. I have never heard of them!!


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IKEA Magazine File
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I have used the IKEA Magazine Files for my book boxes for years. You can buy a pack of 5 for $1.99. They are white cardboard so students can decorate/personalize them as a beginning of the year activity. One tip that I have is to use heavy-duty packing tape along the bottom of the boxes to give more support once they are filled with books. You will also need to teach your students the proper way of handling them so they last the entire school year.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50022354/
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Old 07-06-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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I finally bought the multi-coloured 4 pack of plastic book boxes from Scholastic this year. I compared them in size with the really good stuff boxes and they are almost exactly the same size. I got to use my bonus bank $ so that was great too!
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:47 AM
 
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Years ago, we used ice trays to make ice in the freezer. Then transferred it to a bin that was stored in the door. Most people now have ice makers but the bins are still in the dollar stores. They sell for about $1.00 or so. They work really well for book boxes and they hold up over several years. I have only ever seen them in white though, so if you are into colors, they may not work for you. You can usually find them in the section with the plastic kitchen items. They are available in the bigger stores (Wal-Mart, Target) but they are much cheaper in the dollar stores( Fred's, Dollar General).
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Thanks Taraque!
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I always use the Ikea boxes that Cosmo suggested. They are inexpensive and for me, have always lasted the whole year. I reinforce the bottom with packing tape. I use the giant post it notes to put on their names.
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Ice Buckets great for Book Boxes
Old 07-09-2015, 10:35 AM
 
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I agree with the post about the Ice Boxes. These are the plastic bins people put their ice in before automatic ice machines. They are a sturdy plastic and are relatively cheap. I had mine for years and just put the students' names on cute adhesive name tags and adhered them to the front. They lasted forever and I ended up giving them away when I changed grade levels. I think I paid $1 to $2 a piece at WalMart.
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Clear Book Bags With Handles
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I had bought the Book Boxes with Wings to help them stand from Really Good Stuff around 3 years ago. I also purchased the Clear Book Bags with handles. I have my kiddos store their bags in the bins, so that they do not pick up the bins. This works really well. The Really Good Stuff bins have lasted a few of the wings broke, but I am very pleased with them.
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If you want them a color other than white simply get a can of the Krylon (sp?) spray paint to match your theme. I'm sure it would work as well on those as it did on the plastic teacher toolbox and the storage drawers my DH painted for me.
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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1. Cheap so you can afford them.
2. Agree, use packing tape on the bottom to add extra support.
3. Allow the kids to bring their own duct tape to cover their boxes. They last forever
4. I put a unified color on front, red. Then I write their number on it.
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I used the Ikea boxes the first two years (used by 3rd graders) then I splurged with the Walmart ice buckets when I switched to kindergarten. The plastic ones held up great.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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I have ReallyGoodStuff boxes (my second set), and I love them. In 10 years I've had 2 break. I saw the Steps to Literacy ones this week and they are promising. My suggestion: don't get light colored boxes. They stain quickly and are harder to clean. Yellow and lime green have been the worst colors I've had.
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:57 PM
 
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I ordered sturdy cardboard book boxes from Really Good Stuff. Excited to use these this year. I'll put cute sticker with names on them.
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I've done these before. My suggestion is to tape the bottom of the boxes so they are a little more sturdy. One piece on the bottom across the width seems to help them stay together better and not fold up on the students when they put any pressure on them.
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I love the paper magazine files from ikea! They are white cardboard so kids can decorate and personalize them!They are sold in groups of 5 and they are very inexpensive
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Magazine file, white
$1.99 / 5 pack...at the end of the year I send them home for the students to keep their "good fit" books in for summer reading!
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I bought the cardboard magazine boxes from IKEA and let the kids decorate them. They lasted all year and only cost 1.99 for 5.
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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I just use gallon size freezer bags. They work great, last all year, and are cheap. I don't have the space for fancy book boxes.
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My kids keep their Really good Stuff book boxes in their desks. If they have a large book they keep them on their desk. I have had mine for many years.
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Jumbo ziplock bags
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I didn't use book bags this year and boy, do I regret it! I don't care if there are only 40 days left in school, they are getting book bags after Spring Break! �� Jumbo ziplock bags with a cute label for their name. The bags are stored in different colored milk crates, according to their reading group/color.

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