Spelling Storage Ideas

Before I get into spelling storage, I just want to shout from the rooftops that I WON something!!!  I never win anything!  I went to a tricky-tray once, and my friend won six things... SIX things.  And I left with nothing a gift certificate to the movies, but my friend won SIX things.  I'm not bitter at all... :)

Well tonight, during my usual nightly-blog-stalking, I stumbled upon Kristin's latest post at A Teeny Tiny Teacher and saw my name and almost passed out... I'm now the proud owner of a $10 gift certificate to Amazon!!  Well, I was the proud owner, because it took me all of five minutes to spend it, lol.

I was inspired to organize my printed photos after reading this post from IHeart Organizing {love this blog}.  So with Kristin's help, I put the Iris photo storage thingy into my cart and I'll be organizing pictures within the next few days!

Now onto the point of this post:  spelling storage ideas!  I don't know how you display spelling words in your classroom, but I have a little pocket chart on the board where mine are displayed all week:
{elf craft courtesy of First Grade Blue Skies}
I write the words on colorful and sturdy cards.  They are like sentence strips, but 1/4 the size each and they are made out of cardstock... I want to call them word strips.  I buy them at Lakeshore but I can't find them on the website right now.  

We use Treasures in my district, and if you use Treasures, you know that in 1st and 2nd there are 10-15 words a week, and there are six units that take five weeks each... multiply all that, and we are now dealing with 300-450 spelling word cards for the year.  To keep myself organized, I purchased some mini expanding organizers:
And I used the half circle labels provided to write the units and label the dividers {1 - 4 = Unit 1, Week 4} :
In each designated spot, I put the stack of 10-15 spelling words:

Now from year to year, I won't have to waste money on a million packages of word strips, or waste time rewriting the words on Monday mornings... because let's face it, I would do it on Monday morning.  I just pop open my expanding file, grab the week's words, and after the test at the end of the week, I put them back where I found them.

I hope this helps someone out there!  How do you organize your spelling words?

*Don't forget to enter my 200 follower giveaway!  It ends tonight at 12am {let's say Pacific time} and I will announce a random winner tomorrow after school!*


Jamie (2nd Grade Stuff) said...

Ooooh, I love this idea. We use Reading Street so we have 8 Amazing Words, 8 High Frequency Words, 4-5 Vocabulary Words, and 15 Spelling Words every week for 30 weeks. When you multiply that it gives you some crazy big number of word cards. I can't wait to go grab some of these. I think I saw them at the Dollar Section in Target! Thanks so much for your great idea - why didn't I think of that?!

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Jamie (2nd Grade Stuff) said...

I told you I'm new to blogging! That link doesn't work..ugh!

Let's try this again.

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Sandra said...

WOW! Awesome idea that I'm gonna start using next week!!

BTW I love those lakeshore cards! Soooo pretty!


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Lisa at Fourth and Ten said...

Three things:
1. I was in a winner in the giveaway too! :)
2. I adore Iheartorganizing as well. Such a beautiful and calming blog.
3. I also use Treasures, I was in third for four years and this is my first year in second and you have a great filing system for your words! I did something similar for our vocabulary cards!
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dsdds said...

Great idea for organization!. I am glad I found you site and I now follow you!

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Miss Squirrels said...

I love this idea! We are Reading Street...I just put those expanding files on my shopping list!

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Erika said...

I love this idea! Thanks.

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TheJobBoys said...

Thank you for the idea, I love it. Now it gives me an idea for all my kids spelling words.
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Jennifer said...

Love this idea!! I can always use ways to organize my classroom! Thanks for sharing it!

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Doodle Bugs said...

yea for winning something.. i never win anything either!! LOL!

Jen R said...

how genius! So simple, yet so effective :)
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Miss Kindergarten said...

Genius! I saw some cute larger accordion folders at the Target dollar spot {obviously} but didn't get them because I wasn't sure what to use them for, but now you've inspired me to organize my monthly themed words! Thanks!

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Cupcake said...

Woohoo, glad I could help! I just bought two more myself! :)

Miss Smartie Pants said...

Wow! What a fabulous idea! I am also an organisation freak, I can't wait to find some and recreate for my classroom! Thanks for sharing :-)

Kimberly said...

Wow! That is a ton of words for the year! I love how you organized them. Mine are in a crate by week, but I would have to get out the cute wand before I let anyone see it. :)
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eltackybow said...

We use Treasures too! Will be starting this when we Re back from Spring Break on Monday!!!

Sharron Callahan said...

I do something similar. What really made a big difference for me... putting the unit number on the back of each card! That way when I take the word wall down, I can have the kiddos sort them for me into piles by unit.

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