I use pop-cycle sticks with the kids name on them to draw names to answer questions. This keeps them on their toes because they could be called at any time share their knowledge. (okay, okay, I'll admit it. I sometimes tweak my level of questioning depending on whose name I call.) I really liked this system, but the problem I had was I didn't have anywhere to put the sticks of the kids I had already called. If I put them back in the cup I used, I would call them again before their classmates had a chance to be called on. If I laid them down, I would have to go back and gather them from the various places I set them down as I moved around the room. At last, those Crystal Light container came to my rescue.
I taped two containers together using colored electrical tape to go with my color coded homeroom system. I cut a hole in one of the lids and wrote "Have Been Drawn" on the lid. When I pull a stick and call on a kiddo, I put it in the have been drawn side. When the side I am drawing from is empty and the lidded side is full, I move the lid to the empty container, and I'm ready to go again with one side full of sticks ready to be drawn. This has worked great for me, and helps me to be sure I have called on everyone.
So tell me. What containers do you save and how have you used them? Please tell me I'm not the only one that