Sunday, August 14, 2016

Classroom Must Haves: Things I Can’t “Picture” Myself Teaching Without

When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn't possibly ever go without!  It might be that favorite stapler, the perfect book, or an amazing resource!  I know I know.  I just posted about Supplies I Can't Live Without but I wanted to join my peeps from Upper Elementary Snapshots where we will all share our Must Have supply, book, and resource.  I have so many things I can't "Picture" myself teaching without so it was a no brainer for me to share more!  Plus, be sure to check out how to collect Must Have freebies from each of us!



***Click on each picture below to an Amazon link to the product.   I like my readers to know they are affiliate links.  If you purchase from the link, the tiny portion is invested right back into my blog so I can keep providing teachers with helpful tips for their classrooms!  


This cascading wall organizer is great to place student's writing work!  

There are 6 colorful folders- perfect for writing steps.  
1.  Prewriting
2.  Rough Draft
3.  Revise
4.  Edit
5.  Peer Reflections
6.  Final Copy

At the end of each writing block, have students place their papers in the correct folder!  Each folder is removable!  You will have quick access to see who needs help and you can take the final copy folder home to grade!  I also like to match up partners for the next day for peer reflections so this is perfect to know who is ready for that step!  


Amazon Description:
Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space
Six cascading pockets are removable to make document access easy
Elastic cord closure for secure and easy transport
Colored pockets each hold 25 sheets
Convenient loop on top for easy hanging
Durable poly material is tear proof and water resistant. Acid free, PVC free and archival quality


A few moons ago, I met an intriguing man, Mychal Wynn.  He shared a story, The Eagles who Thought They were Chickens. which was related to bullying.  I took it home with me and immediately started planning how I would use it in my class. I read this story EVERY year and we would discuss how people need to soar throughout their lives and realize they have the potential to reach their dreams.


Description from Amazon:  An African folktale chronicling the birth of eagles in a chicken yard. Separated from their homeland, unknowing their historical past, and ridiculed for their differences they struggle with their sense of self-identify until they are encouraged and inspired by another eagle. This inspiring story of self-identify and self-discovery provides a strategy to reduce bullying, eliminate disruptive behaviors, and challenge students to affirm their potential and pursue their dreams.






This is a COMPLETE WRITING WORKSHOP program with step-by-step instructions and creative ideas.  STUDENTS LOVE IT are motivated to write!  It is specifically designed for teachers to follow through the WRITING PROCESS with already prepped modeled lessons. Every lesson builds upon the previous skill within one piece of writing, which give students a thorough understanding of how to put a piece of writing together.

INCLUDED IN THIS WRITING PROGRAM:

★ Anchor charts WITH STANDARDS great for smart board or printed for posters

★ Interactive Pages WITH STANDARDS to go along with each mini lesson.

★ Writing Workshop lessons and plans

★ Independent practice

★ Model writing

★ Assessments

★ Student Resource pages to place in notebooks

★ Graphic organizers

★ Tracking charts and Forms

★ Rubrics

★ Homework assignments AND MORE!


Use this resource to help students write a paragraph or essay to go along with the book:

Write a narrative story of a person who changes from having bully behaviors to being kind and compassionate.  Describe the bully behaviors, the event or action that made the bully change, and the effects of the change.



I couldn't end without steering you to a free resource for your classroom.  Use these graphic organizers to help your students organize their writing!



After you've downloaded my free graphic organizers be sure to visit each of the blogs below to add 12 more FREE RESOURCES to your own collection of things you can't picture yourself teaching without. Afterwards swing by our collaborative blog, Upper Elementary Snapshots for lots of great content and ideas you can put into practice in your own classrooms!



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