Monday Made It: The Turn-In Bin

I am so thankful for Monday Made Its because they totally make my Monday sosososo 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!!



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