Read about two changes to my independent reading routine that made all the difference last year...do you want accountability without the hassle (and often waste) of reading logs? There's a better way and you can learn all about it here! Reading Log Ideas, Back to School Homework routines
Bags at the dollar store for each student to store their independent reading books, reading response notebooks, writer's notebooks, word work notebooks, post-it notes and a pencil. I put a command hook on each desk for them to keep their bag. It has been so much easier than finding a place to store bulky book boxes and the kids love to carry them around the classroom.