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. But you can quickly and easily make your own pockets with this super easy, DIY method. These little pockets are perfect for creating your very own classroom helper jobs chart!
Classroom Helper Jobs
If your school supplies you with library pockets, then you can make your own poster board chart with library pockets in a flash. But I’ve had difficulty getting the library pockets a few times for various reasons such as requesting them before budget funds were released or the warehouse was out of stock etc.
How to Make Library Pockets
One year, when I needed to get my hands on some library pockets quickly, my friend Julie showed me how to make library pockets out of envelopes. I used the pockets to create my own classroom helper chart. First, print the classroom helper job pictures.
Then, seal the envelopes. I used security envelopes I found at a back-to-school sale. Next, cut the sealed envelopes in half.
Classroom Helpers Job Chart
Now you’ll want to cut out the pictures of the helper jobs and glue them to the front of each envelope pocket you created.
The next step is to glue the pockets to a piece of poster board.
Finally, you’ll want to create a name stick for each student in your classroom. Write each student’s name on a craft stick with a fine point permanent marker. Then, cut out a small picture of each student and attach the pictures to the craft sticks with glue or tape.
Make a Classroom Helpers Job Chart
Some early childhood programs require a job for each student, but those methods can become overwhelming quickly. This method is a very simple method of managing your classroom helper jobs that doesn’t take up much space or require lots of upkeep.
This poster board pocket chart idea will save space and simplify the management of classroom jobs.
In the example above, the library pockets were attached to an automotive oil drip pan with magnetic tape to hold them in place.
You could also use student name cards if you prefer. The most important thing is that each job is accompanied by a picture so students can “read” the chart independently.
The job chart could even be used as part of your “Read and Write Around the Room” center if you have one.
Classroom Helpers Job Chart
List of helper jobs included:
- Bathroom Monitor (boy/girl)
- Bell Ringer
- Line Leader
- Caretaker (3 types)
- Computer Technician
- Custodian (2 types)
- Door Holder
- Flag Holder
- Pledge Leader
- Gardener (2 types)
- Lunch Helper
- Materials Monitor
- Lunch Monitor
- Calendar Helper
- Sanitizer Helper
- Snack Helper
- Folder Passer
- Table Washer
- Paper Passer
- Equipment Manager
- Shoe Expert
- Drink Monitor
The editable classroom Helper Jobs packet can be found here.
How Does it Work?
1 Download the document and save it to your computer
2 Open the document with the most current version of free Adobe Reader
3 Place your cursor in the editable text fields and start typing your own text
Please note: This document MUST be opened in Adobe Reader to be fully functional. This document WILL NOT be editable if opened with a generic or Apple-brand PDF reader.