How to Organize Your EL Education Word Wall Cards in 5 Minutes or Less!

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Organize your EL Education Materials

Today I’m sharing a fantastic hack that repurposes something that you may already have into a versatile and effective word wall card storage system. Let’s dive into how I turned a simple organizer into a game-changer for my classroom!

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EL Education Word Wall Chaos

Let me take you back to when I first started teaching and how I stumbled upon the easiest word wall solution ever, especially for all those EL Education word wall cards.

At the beginning of the school year my first year, I kept all my word wall cards together using rubber bands. But guess what? Every time I had to switch them out for new words, disaster struck. You see, I inherited a classroom from someone who had been teaching 20+ years and I didn’t realize until later that those rubber bands were probably older than I was at that point! Those pesky rubber bands just loved to break, and my word wall cards would often end up scattered all over my desk.

Now if they managed to hold it together and not break, usually when I was finished with a unit, they’d end up scattered and disorganized anyway because I had no real location to store them. It was like a game of hide-and-seek with my own teaching materials! I’d often find myself frantically searching for the missing cards and, well, sometimes they were just gone forever.

If you’re anything like me, you may have a plethora of organizers and/or storage bins lying around your house or classroom. If you have a coupon organizer, you know these typically come with multiple compartments, making them perfect for sorting and storing various smaller items. I had an “aha” moment one day while cleaning out a closet and discovered the simplest word wall solution ever – the coupon organizer to the rescue!

Store Your EL Education Word Wall Cards the Easy Way

For this storage system, you’ll need a coupon organizer with several compartments. Make sure it is one that can accommodate the size of your EL Education word wall cards. These from my TPT store are on the wider side, but this coupon organizer is the perfect size for them.

Once you have your coupon organizer, label each compartment with Post-It tabs or use the tabs provided with your organizer if you still have them. I like to do one tab for each EL Education module unit. As you introduce new vocabulary to your students, remove the EL Education word wall cards you need for the corresponding unit or lesson to display. This process helps keep your cards organized, easily accessible, and ready to go when needed.

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This system can also be used for many different things too! I also like to store my calendar pieces in a separate one, as well as my high-frequency words by cycle. You won’t believe the difference it made when my word wall cards found their forever home. No more tangled rubber bands, no more desk tornadoes – just pure organization and accessibility!

Now, when it’s time to introduce new words, I can just flip through the organizer and voilà! The perfect word wall cards are right there, waiting to be displayed on the board.

So, give this easy-peasy coupon organizer hack a try, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner. Let me know how it goes! Happy organizing!

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