Monday Made It: The Turn-In Bin

I am so thankful for Monday Made Its because they totally make my Monday so enjoyable. Reading through everyone's crafts and ideas starts my week off on the best possible foot!

This week's project: The Turn-In Bin!
To the right are my bathroom passes- pick them up for free HERE.
Since I use numbers with my kids, I knew this would be something easy to implement and would help me keep track of  everything from home in a simple and easy way!

I use Star Homework in my class, but there are also times when I need to collect assignments, notes from home, and the like. These tend to get lost if the kids simply hand them to me, so I thought a general "Turn-In Bin" would work best.

I used clothespins and put the student's number on the tip and their name on the long-ish part. I did this for the front and back so I could see them clearly no matter which way they are facing.

Then, I used some red and green Sharpie to color in each of the ends so I would know who turned in something and who didn't.
Notice some ends are green & some are red? Green means they have turned it in and red means they haven't. I will switch these back to red at the end of the day (or make it a part of classroom jobs).
This is a super-simple way to see at a glance who has turned in an assignment and who hasn't. It's not foolproof, but it's way better than hunting down kids throughout the day for a missing assignment :)

I made a sign with my favorite clipart from Scrappin' Doodles and it's yours for free! Click on the image below to download it from Google Docs:

I hope you can use this and if you haven't had the chance, head over to 4th Grade Frolics to discover so many wonderful projects for your class and home!


  1. I love the girls and boys sanitizer. I am having a giveaway--I would love to have you come and enter! I am giving away a laminator.

  2. Your Turn-in-Bin is a cute idea! I have not seen this before!

    Teaching Fourth

  3. I AGREE! Genius idea... thanks for sharing!

    I'm new to blogging and am glad I found yours! Check mine out :)

    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing

  4. CUTE! Love that idea. I do the "highlight your name" thing, and it has worked wonders for no name papers. I bet this would solve the "missing papers" dilemma!! :D

    Teach On.

  5. I'm in my last year of college, so I will have my very own classroom in less than a year (hopefully)!! And THANKS to you I already have so many wonderful things that I can't wait to do! I just recently started blogging, but just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog!!