Are you looking for classroom mailbox ideas? Teachers mostly use classroom mailboxes for mail distribution and for turn in bins for homework and daily worksheets. They can also be used for storing clipboards, board puzzles, cardstock sheets, laptops, and levelled story books. Teachers can use them for classroom organization systems like turn in bins, absent work bins, and file organization.
While many mailboxes are made of cardboard, always choose a more durable material like wood or plastic. You need to have a classroom mailbox that is strong enough to hold a ream of paper on each shelf and be sturdy enough to double as a printer stand. Mailboxes that are made of solid wood are the best choice.
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Classroom Mailbox Ideas for Pocket Charts
For having a classroom mailbox system in your classroom, you can use the wooden mailbox organizers, or you can use a wall hanging pocket chart to have student mail sorting on your wall space or room partition.
Classroom Mailbox Ideas for wooden Shelf organizers
Store clipboards in a classroom mailbox: A strong mailbox sorter can store your classroom clipboards. This wooden mailbox also doubles as a storage stand for other objects.
Store wooden puzzle boards in a classroom mailbox: Puzzle boards can fit neatly into a mailbox like this. Be sure that the dimensions are the right match for your puzzle boards.
Mailbox for student mail distribution: Since the inner shelves of this mailbox are made of particle board, this teacher uses it strictly for giving out handouts and assignments.
Stack classroom mailboxes to make a bookshelf: This is actually three of the same wooden mailboxes, stacked one on top the other. They are being used as a library shelf for books, binders, and papers. I would prefer to stack four of them in a 2 x 2 arrangement to be safe. But generally, I like the bookcase idea.
Classroom Mailbox Ideas for Particle Board Organizers
Store student textbooks in a classroom mailbox: This particle board mailbox is used to keep a few of the students’ textbooks and papers. The left side of each slot is labeled with a student number using a binder clip.
Classroom Mailbox Ideas for Storing Laptops and Tablets
Classroom mailboxes can store laptops: This teacher keeps her mailboxes on her classroom cupboard to store the classroom iPads.
How to Label Your Classroom Mailbox System
Put labels on binder clips: If you are storing laptops and clipboards in your mailbox, it is best to have a visible number system for students to return burrowed items to the right compartment. It is easy to label each slot with numbers by using binder clips. Just add a number sticker to each binder clip, then clip them to the compartments.
Use regular labels: You can find my free classroom mailbox labels here for your classroom. They are editable in PowerPoint.
How to makeover your Classroom Mailbox
Wooden mailboxes are the best because they can last you a long time and can hold heavy loads. Old wooden mailboxes can be sanded to a smooth finish and then repainted. Particle board mailboxes tend to age really quickly. Laminate mailboxes would last a bit longer. Particle board mailboxes can warp, peel, tear, and swell if they get exposed to moisture or too much tension. You can decorate an old classroom mailbox by covering its surfaces with contact paper. take out each shelf to cover them, then slide them back in.
More ideas for classroom mailboxes will be added as I find them. Have you discovered a new way to implement your classroom mailbox system? If you have, please share about it in the comments. Teachers are the ones who innovate and think up the most creative solutions for their classrooms.
For more examples of how teachers are using classroom mailbox ideas, check out these classroom organization blog posts to see mailboxes being used for turn in bin systems and absent work organization systems.
I hope this has helped you get ideas for classroom mailbox ideas. If you have any questions, you can ask me anything in the comments below. More ideas will be added soon.