Garbage Bowls--whenever the class is doing a cutting activity, put a "garbage bowl" on the table.it collects paper scraps, eliminates paper on the floor, and keeps kiddos in their seats! Dollar store garbage cans?
It would be a good way to channel students' focus when talking about different civilizations or eras. It breaks a huge idea down to six different topics, with varying complexities. It could be altered a little to be more applicable.
use your smart phone and scan the bar code on your classroom books and then it inputs all of the info for you on a FREE data base. It allows you to let kids scan out the books and check out and check in them, separate them by reading levels