Let’s face it, library pockets are going to be a thing of the past very soon as most libraries now use bar codes to track books.
I’ve always used poster board charts with library pockets in my classroom but I was usually fortunate enough to have the pockets supplied by my school. However, I have had difficulty getting the library pockets a few times for various reasons such as requesting them before the budget funds were released or the warehouse was out of stock etc.
How to Make Your Own Inexpensive Library Pockets
One year, when I needed to get my hands on some library pockets quickly my friend Julie showed me a fantastic trick to make library pockets out of envelopes.
First, seal the envelopes. I used security envelopes I found at a back-to-school sale.
Next, cut the envelopes in half (see picture above) and glue them to your poster board.
Finally, laminate the poster board and slit open each pocket with a sharp knife.
Make a Classroom Helper Job Chart
One a similar note, I was recently contacted by a visitor who was searching for a traditional classroom helper job chart that included some specific jobs. She works in a program that requires a job for every student and she wanted a very simple method of managing her classroom helpers that didn’t take up much space or require lots of upkeep. I suggested my poster board pocket chart idea to her as a way of saving space and simplifying management of classroom jobs. The picture above shows the classroom helper job chart made with the envelope pockets.
In the picture above, student name cards with pictures are placed in each pocket to show who has which classroom job. You could also use Popsicle sticks with student names. The most important thing is that each job is accompanied by a picture so students can “read” the chart independently. You can also use it as part of your “Read and Write Around the Room” center if you have one.
Since I have received so many requests from visitors I created a printable packet of classroom helper jobs. This packet uses the poster board and envelope pocket idea. The jobs included in the packet are:
- Bathroom Monitor (girls/boys)
- Bell Ringer
- Center Monitors
- Class Comforter
- Computer Technician
- Door Holder
- Drink Monitor
- Environmentalist/Recycling Helper
- Flag Holder/Pledge Leader
- Line Leader
- Lunch Helper/Lunch Monitor
- Materials Monitor
- Paper Passer
- Calendar Helper
- Snack Helper
- Folder Passer
- Table Washer
- Equipment Manager
- Chair Stacker
- Shoe Expert
The 15 page classroom Helper Jobs packet can be purchased here.
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