Once the bucket is emptied, it becomes a mini-recycling bin! With Interactive Notebooks, there are a lot of scraps. I either had students constantly walking to the recycling bin or pieces of paper all over the floor. Their group bin collects all their scraps until the very end of the lesson. This way, if something is thrown away “accidentally,” it can be easily retrieved! Once the lesson is over, one student from each group empties their bucket before putting their materials back in.
Our class also came up with a new rule. They couldn’t start a step until the picture clue had been put on the board. For example, they weren’t allowed to even pick up their scissors until the “Cut” picture was placed on the board by me. This meant that they would hear all the directions before they started. Their eyes were all on me, as well, as they waited until I put that picture up!