While I’m certainly trying to relax, unwind, and enjoy my summer break I can’t help but get excited and pick up a few things here and there for my classroom when I find something great. These are some of my favorite things I’ve found this month & how I plan to use them in my classroom:
1. Big Little Lies & #GIRLBOSS
Ok so maybe these aren’t exactly for my classroom but these two books were too good not to share. They were the PERFECT beach reads! Big Little Lies was exciting, suspenseful, and every detail came together beautifully – I can’t wait to watch the show on HBO. Have you read it? Have you watched it?
I’d seen the book #GIRLBOSS plenty of times but never had the desire to pick it up – until I watched the show on Netflix. The show was laugh-out-loud funny & instantly became one of my favorites; I knew I had to read the book and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a light read, engaging, funny, and totally motivates you to be your own version of a #girlboss. You can find Big Little Lies here and #GIRLBOSS here.
2. America Cork Board
I grabbed this beauty from the dollar spot at Target for $3. I’m planning on creating a little gallery wall behind my desk this year & this piece is the perfect addition. You can’t shop the dollar spot online but I found some unique cork boards here (love the shape of this one) and here (love the way this one hangs).
3. Kraft Paper Roll
This piece is also from the dollar spot at Target and comes with a string to hang it on. I love the look of kraft paper & am super excited for all the possible ways to use this in my classroom. You could very easily buy your own kraft paper from Michaels or Hobby Lobby and hang it yourself.
4. Clear 5×7 Photo Cases
I also snagged a couple of these clear photo cases from Michaels (you can see them here) & plan to use them to organize my task cards. Ultimately I want to buy the larger container like this that holds multiple photo cases but I’m waiting to be sure I like them (and waiting for a good sale). Do you use these photo cases in your classroom to organize task cards? Or do you use them for something else? What is the best way to label them?
5. Book Rings
I’ve seen lots of ideas on Instagram and Pinterest for book rings as well; I grabbed these at Hobby Lobby & can’t wait to put them to use. I’m thinking they would be a great way to organize task card activities or hang important handouts, passes, laminated sheets etc. on a pegboard. Do you use them? What for? How do you like them?
6. The Happy Planner Big Punch
I am beyond excited to have a completely customizable planner to use this year for my lesson plans, grade book, and important handouts. I purchased a lesson plan book on Teachers Pay Teachers (it’s item number 7 on this list) and am using the Happy Planner binding and accesories to complete it. Since most of my handouts for school are going to be regular computer paper size I bought the big punch for 81/2″ X 11″ sheets of paper. I bought mine at Michaels but they are currently out of stock online; they’re also available on Amazon. Have you used the Happy Planner? How do you like it?
7. Cactus Floral Teacher Binder
I saw the previews of this gorgeous teacher binder by Teach Create Motivate on Instagram and bought it here on Teachers Pay Teachers as soon as it went up for sale. Teach Create Motivate is quickly becoming one of my favorite sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers; you should check out her stuff here. Everything she creates is gorgeous and this *editable* teacher binder is no exception. As a middle school teacher I often find that the lesson plan books and teacher binders on TPT have a lot of extras in them that I don’t need but that definitely wasn’t the case this time – she thought of everything a teacher could possibly need or want.
8. Graph Ruled Index Cards
Last week I went to Walmart in search of a letter board (thanks to the teacher community on Instagram) and while I didn’t find a letter board I did walk out with 600 graph paper index cards. I’m sure these have been around forever and everyone knows they exist but I could not have been more excited to find them – exit tickets, quick squares of graph paper for notes, my mind is reeling with ideas on how to use these babies. I can’t find these on Walmart’s website but here is a similar alternative on Amazon.
9. Mini GOLD Binder Clips
Anyone that steps into my classroom instantly knows that I love all things gold. I use binder clips for everything so this was an easy $3 purchase. You can find them here.
With the awesome teacher community I’ve found on Instagram I can’t help but think about and plan for next year. Picking up a few things here and there is certainly fueling my excitement for next year and will hopefully help me not splurge and break the bank when it is time to prepare to go back to school in August. What great finds have you found for your classroom next year? What things are you looking for? Do you have any ideas on how I can use what I found? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or on Instagram.
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