10 Terrific Ways to Use Library Pockets

July 29th, 2014 by TC Bear

10 ways to use library pockets Teacher Created Resources

Library Pockets aren’t just for checking out books. They are so versatile, you can use them in many creative ways in the classroom.  As teachers start preparing for back to school, organization is key. You can use library pockets to stay organized with a classroom job chart, birthday bulletin board and more. Check out a few of our favorite library pocket ideas for some classroom inspiration.

Library Pockets Classroom Jobs Chart


Write different classroom jobs on each library pocket. Use string and clothespins to hang the library pockets to a bulletin board. Write student’s names on craft sticks and place in appropriate job pocket for each day. Use letters to spell out “Classroom Jobs”








Library Pockets Lunch Board Idea


Keep track of lunch count by labeling each library pocket as: brought lunch, hot lunch, salad bar, and potato bar. Write each student’s name on an accent and glue to a craft sticks. Place craft sticks in the appropriate lunch pocket for each day. Use letters to spell out “Lunch”. Complete by adding a coordinating border trim.


Library Pockets Student Treats Idea


Surprise students with a reward by writing their name on a library pocket and filling it with rewards, special treats or school supplies. Treat pockets filled with pencils & erasers are a great first day of school gift.



Library Pockets Birthday Bulletin Board Idea


Create a birthday bulletin board by using decorative letters to spell out “birthdays”. Label each library pocket by month and attach to a chart or bulletin board. Write each student’s name on a mini accent and glue to craft sticks. Place each student stick in the library pocket of their birthday month. Use coordinating border trim to complete the look.


Library Pockets Reading Chart


Label each library pocket with reading genres such as, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fantasy, and biography. Glue library pockets to a large chart. Write each student’s name on a mini accent, and glue each accent to a craft stick. Place name sticks in appropriate category pocket.









Library Pockets Classroom Calendar


Hang a calendar grid with calendar cards. Below the calendar, write the days of the week on each library pocket. Write yesterday, today, and tomorrow on mini accents and glue to craft sticks. Use Create & Decorate pieces to write the current month, season, and weather. Put the whole look together with border trim.


Library Pocket Fact Card Holder


Add each student’s name to a library pocket. Punch a hole on the top left and top right of the library pocket. Loop ribbon around the holes and secure with a knot on each side. Decorate with stickers and mini stickers, and give to students for an easy way to hold fact cards for field trips or special events.








Library Pockets Number Chart Idea


Create a number matching chart by writing numbers 1-10 on each library pocket. Glue library pockets on a chart. Write numbers 1-10 on accents, and glue them onto craft sticks. Have students match the numbers by placing the numbered craft sticks in the corresponding pocket. Other varieties of this activity include using even or odd numbers, counting by fives, etc.


Library Pockets Synonyms WallSYNONYMS WALL

Make a synonym wall by writing a word on each library pocket. Stick the library pockets on a bulletin board. Write synonyms of each word on accents, and attach the accents to craft sticks. Have students place the synonym sticks in the corresponding word pocket. Embellish with decorative letters and scalloped straight borders.


Library Pockets Book Check OutLIBRARY CHECK-OUT SYSTEM

Assign each student a number. Label each library pocket a number to represent each student. Place on a chart and hang in the library or reading center. Insert a library check-out card in each pocket. Each time a student checks out a book they write down the book title, the day it was checked out, and the day it is due back.






Happy Campers Bulletin Board

July 21st, 2014 by Brenda Stickland-Guest Blogger

Happy Campers Bulletin Board Teacher Created Resources

This bulletin board is a great example of using items you have at home and recycling it for classroom use. I had camouflage print napkins leftover from a party and decided to use them for a Happy Campers Bulletin Board. I made little tents by cutting the party napkins into triangles and laminating them.

Happy Campers Tent - Teacher Created Resources

I cut a single slit in the middle of the camouflage triangle to make a little opening. On the first day of school, I took photos of each of the students lying on their tummies, holding up their heads, and smiling. I placed each student’s photo inside the tent opening. The little camp fires are made out of construction paper and orange and yellow tissue paper. I used camouflage letters to spell out “We’re Happy Campers!” To complete the look, I used Camouflage Scalloped Border Trim and added silk leaves for a fun, outdoor touch. The bulletin board would be a great addition to a recycle and reuse classroom lesson.

Back to School Banner Craft

July 8th, 2014 by TC Bear

77122 Wild Moroccan Pennants Banner Craft-Teacher Created Resources

It’s never too early to start thinking about your next classroom theme. Classroom decorations help set the tone for a fun and stylish learning environment.  Make back to school setup and decorating easy by preparing classroom decorations ahead of time. Try this back to school banner craft using pennants.


Wild Moroccan Banner - Teacher Created Resources


1)      Cut 19 pieces of ribbon. Each piece should be approximately 6″.

2)      Separate the pennants into 3 sections:

  • 4 pennants for “Wild”
  • 5 pennants for “About”
  • 7 pennants for “3rd Grade”

3)   Punch out all the letters and numbers required for “Wild About 3rd Grade”

and glue on top of each pennant.

4)   Thread the orange ribbon through the pennants pre-cut holes to connect.

5)  Lay 3-4 different ribbons flat above the pre-cut hole, and secure by using

the orange ribbon to tie a double knot. Continue to do this until entire

banner is complete.

Making a custom banner is a great way to welcome students back to school. It can be repurposed as an open house banner, first day of school photo backdrop, or bulletin board. Mix and match different letters and ribbons to decorate your classroom.

2014 Back to School Giveaway

June 27th, 2014 by Portia Stewart

ipad giveaway 2014 Teacher Created Resources
Could you use an iPad for educational apps and organization this coming school year? The 2014 Back to School Giveaway is here and we’re giving away an iPad and an iPad Mini!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Enter once a day by completing the entry form.
  2. Once you’ve entered on the giveaway page, an email confirmation will be sent to you. Click the link in the email to confirm your email address.
  3. Earn additional entries by sharing your personal link with friends. For each person you refer, you get an additional entry.

Here is the best part! If one of the people you refer wins the iPad, you win the iPad Mini.

Contest ends September 30, 2014

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