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Essential Tips for Masterfully Organizing Your Classroom at Year-End

Do you need tips for organizing your classroom at the end of the year? We asked our subscribers for some tips for organizing and cleaning up classrooms at the end of the year. We got some great responses! Check out these tips!


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Tips For Organizing Your Classroom
at the End of the Year

As the school year draws to a close, science teachers face the daunting task of organizing their classrooms for the long summer break. Effective classroom organization helps maintain a clean and clutter-free environment and sets the stage for a smooth transition into the new academic year. Whether it’s categorizing lab equipment, sorting through student projects, or updating bulletin boards, a well-organized classroom can enhance the learning experience for students and make your job easier. This guide offers valuable tips and strategies to help you efficiently tackle end-of-year classroom organization, ensuring that your science lab is ready for reflection and future discovery.

Classroom Organization Tips From Our Susbcribers

Patty -Label everything with your room number- summer cleaning crew moves everything out in the halls to clean so this makes it easy to locate your boxes/ bins.

Mary _ I always have students test all of the markers, pens, Sharpies, Expo, etc. on one of the last class days. They pitch anything that is even a little bit dried out so that we don’t start with “dead” markers in the fall! 

Sandra –Inventory: Take stock of your lab supplies and equipment. Note what needs to be replaced, repaired, or ordered for the next year.

Laurie – check expiration dates on all chemicals that have been used during the year.

Julie  _ My tip: grab a yearbook and occasionally look at the incoming class to learn names and faces!

Kelly – Get a few things ready for the first week of school so it is not so overwhelming when we return.

Sheri – be sure all supplies are clean (beakers ,trays) and those odds and ends find their correct place. 

Miss Le – Best tip for end of year is to take home any edible items – I got mice over the summer!

Michelle – Throw out hard copies that you have saved in your hard drive – and be sure to rename and/or organize your hard drive so you can easily find materials next year!

Erika – Those last few days, while trying to keep students engaged, we do STEM challenges. Instead of using unused paper, students use their own paper from the year (that they would be throwing away anyway). This year we are going to do the tallest towers and chair building!

Shannon – check expiration dates. I have a lot of materials, such as baking soda and sugar, that I’ve used in experiments.

Terran – Create a bin with exemplary work or models from each unit, either student or teacher-made.  This will allow you to share your expectations for the following years(s).

Vanessa – End of the year tip: do a paper reset. I keep extra copies of handouts in a box for the following year or I turn them into scratch paper for the following year

Emily – My favorite end-of-the-year tip is to put trash bags over all items that will not be going into storage.  This keeps them from getting dusty and gross over the summer!

Dawn – write down any passcodes – copier, door, etc. that you use so you don’t forget it for the fall

Mariccia – Labeling storage containers and protective packaging for models. 



Thank you, teachers, for all your great tips on organizing your classroom at the end of the year!




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My 4 Tips for Orgaizing Your Classroom at the End of Year

Tip #1: Always store any lithium batteries and chemicals in a metal cabinet. The chemicals we use in the science classroom can be highly reactive, but so are lithium batteries! Lithium batteries are very sensitive to heat and highly flammable, and they are the most commonly used batteries. Storing chemicals and batteries in a metal cabinet prevents damage just in case something goes wrong over the break.

Tip #2: Take the batteries out of all devices you may have in the classroom. This ensures the batteries don’t corrode or deplete over the break.

Tip #3: Label your containers. This seems like a no-brainer, but I have come back to the classroom after the break and had no idea what I had in all my containers. I also recommend using clear containers. Don’t trust your memory, label everything! If your students are old enough, you can also have your students help with organizing and labeling. The kids always think it’s a ton of fun, and it makes things less hectic for you!

Tip #4: Provide detailed instructions if you are sending any living thing home with a student! Some classes have class pets, but this also applies to any plants you may have grown as part of an experiment! Write detailed instructions for care like you are writing them for someone who has never cared for a plant or animal in their life. And make sure the parents know about the instructions as well!

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Donate Materials You Won’t Be Using Next Year

As the school year comes to an end, science teachers are often left with materials they no longer need. Instead of leaving them to collect dust in the classroom, consider donating materials to other teachers or local schools. Sharing resources and materials can be a great way to build relationships with other educators, and it’s an important step towards creating a more sustainable classroom. Not sure where to start? Check out or ask around at your local school district for donation opportunities. Together, we can help create a brighter future for the next generation of scientists.

Need a No Prep End-of-Year Activity? Check out these color-by-code activities.

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