A Peek in my Poetry Rack!

Apr 2, 2014 | August, Classroom Photos, Management, Math, Organization, Reading, Social Studies | 5 comments

It’s poetry month!  So I thought it would be fun to give you a peek in my poetry rack!
My rack is a clothing rack from IKEA.  I have had it for about 8 years and it has moved with me about 4 times.  It’s one of those pieces in your classroom that you have to tighten with an allen wrench every few month, but overall it has survived and will surely give me many more years!!
First things first… poems! I have poems for the entire year on my poetry rack.  This is a poem I picked up somewhere along the way about spring that students can read now.
My poetry rack stores many of my daily routines.  Here’s a few of my favorites:
(The picture below is one of my favorite poems!  This is a picture of me and my husband when we wed in Hawaii many years ago.  We talk about how I don’t come to school to socialize and be fun, I come to work because it’s my job. I of course explain I love my job… but I want the kids to understand from day one I am a person too!)
I house many fluency practice items here including letter, number, and sentence charts!  We do these together and they do them independently in centers!
I have many vocabulary charts!
I always try to include as many real pictures as I can! I want the kids to relate to them!
My charts are interactive!  We write on them with Vis-A-Vi pens and pile them on with sticky notes!
My charts have organizers that are ready to go at any moment!
As you can tell.. my charts are WELL LOVED and made about 6-8 years ago so they are lacking the cute handwriting and graphics of today.  But they are real and what is being used to teach and so I love them!
I organize them with pants hangers!  When I first started my poetry rack I would ask every store I went in to keep the hangers and take any they had laying around.  It took no time at all… many stores were glad to get rid of them!  I did hot glue them on and I double sided them so I could get more on my rack!
And I keep a binder ring on my easel to hang my charts and poems on when I need them.
So it’s a part of our daily routine and the kids LOVE having these!


  1. Barbara Bubnes

    Great idea! I can always use more organizing tips. One question, what was it that you glued on?

  2. Once Upon A Classroom

    This is an excellent way to store your poems! I especially love the pant hangers and the templates (i.e., Venn) I guess I’ll start keeping hangers from my kids pants from now on. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Kristin

    I love how REAL it is!!

  4. Melissa M

    This is wonderful! I’ve been meaning to find a better way to organize my charts. I just wish my school had a laminator…sadly we do not 🙁 It’s so hard to keep my charts from year to year.

    BTW, I have to say, I love your vocabulary chart with the musicians on it…in particular, the picture of NKOTB 😉

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!


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