Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekend Warriors: iPod Listening Center Organization

Hey ya'll! I'm back with my Weekend Warrior gals for Organizing October. You can check out some of my other classroom organization posts by clicking here and here


I'll be the first one to admit that I am probably not a person you should be taking organizational advice from. My desk is always a hot mess and I have stacks of paper everywhere. I try hard though. I do know where everything is in my organized mess though. 

Over the summer, I was very fortunate to get three iPods for my listening center donated to my classroom through DonorsChoose. Today I'm going to share with you how I keep it all organized. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I have three iPods nano. They are blue, green, and pink. Each basket includes a set of books, 2 sets of headphones in baggies, and colored headphone adapter, and a iPod poster that includes all the book titles that are on that particular iPod. 

We spent A LOT of time at the beginning of the year learning how to use these properly and how to take care of our baskets to keep them looking nice. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Each basket is organized by color. I keep my iPods in the cases that they came in. My students have been very good about placing them back in the case correctly. I found these headphone adapters through Jane.com over the summer and they matched my iPods perfectly. I got one to match each iPod and they have worked great so far.  Each iPod also contains different stories for them to listen too. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

All of my books also have a colored sticker on them so they know which basket/iPod the story goes with if it gets misplaced. 

Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

We store our baskets on a shelf and it works perfectly. I haven't had any trouble (besides tangled headphones) this year. My kids are very responsible when taking care of these. You can get these EDITABLE Listening Center Organization Labels in my TPT store. They come in 10 different colors and you can customize them to fit your library needs. 


EDITABLE Listening Center Organization Labels by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

On a different note...do you have Pinterest? I know you do! My weekend warrior gals and I have come together to bring you an exclusive pinterest board that offers tips, tricks, and great ideas that we use in our classrooms. Click here or on the photo below to follow our board. 


You can click on the any of the links below to get other great organizational tips from my sweet friends. Check back tomorrow to see how I organize all my pretty, precious, colored paper we use for craftivities. 






6 comments:

  1. How awesome to have some class iPods! Time for me to write a Donors Choose grant so I can get some too and then I can get organized like you. Thanks for sharing your tips!
    -Jaime

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    1. I LOVE Donors Choose. I have so many projects I want to try for. It has been a blessing in my classroom for sure.

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  2. Where did you get the audio books to download onto the ipods? I have two of my old ipods and want to get my ipod listening center started. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on them.

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    1. Hi Kellie! I got most of them from scholastic. I try to order books with a CD with every order. I uploaded the CD to my computer and then transferred it to the iPods from there. I plan on doing a blog post about it very soon.

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  4. I'm so jealous of your class iPods!! I need to look into doing a Donors Choose too! :) Thank you for sharing!

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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