What supplies do you collect? How do you organize those supplies?
A good first step in this process is to simply list the supplies. Next, begin collecting as much as you can from recyclables, second-hand stores, and building/supply companies.
Also, you'll need a place to store all these supplies.
I drafted a list of supplies below. I've also collected four main storage units including rolling metal shelves, plastic file drawers, rolling plastic bins, and other plastic containers. It's great to choose supplies with wheels since you often have to reconfigure a classroom when working on big projects.
It takes lots of time upfront to organize the supplies, but it's worth the effort. I find that separating the supplies a bit gives the materials different definitions. For example the typical classroom supplies will be stored in one area while math materials and STEA/Maker supplies will be in two other locations in the classroom. Students will be able to use all materials when needed, but by separating the locations you ensure that there's not too much material confusion, intermixing, or crowds
Classroom Materials: STEAM, Maker Station, and Learning Supplies.
Classroom Learning Supplies
Math Manipulatives, Tools, and Paper
Adhesives and Building Materials
screws and nails
More Maker Supplies
beads and shiny objects
|straws of all sizes||plastic jar lids of all sizes|
iPad Packs (made w/duct tape)
water testing kits