Tuesday, July 17, 2012

School Supplies!

Ok, I totally went crazy today and bought a BUNCH of school supplies. A few of the things I bought previously, but decided to put them in the pictures anyway.

Here's a pic of all my goodies!

 I am so excited because most of this was SUPER CHEAP! Most of it was purchased at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree. A few things I purchased from the local drug store, lol!

I am teaching Social Studies this year, so you can see I got three packs of little social studies decor. They were $1 each at the Dollar Tree. I love the twirly swirly mobiles! Here's a closer pic of those:

The other things I purchased at Dollar Tree include:

* Colored Popsicle Sticks
* Assorted Googly Eyes (including extra large ones - 125 in a pack)
* The pink and black owl tote (which I plan to use as either a "quiet bag" or lessons on inference)
* 25 (yes, 25!) dry erase magnetic white boards (comes with one marker)
* Packs of colored mini dry-erase markers (for the mini boards of course!)
* Magnetic caddies - one pink and one blue (plan to stick these to my white board to put markers in)
* A clear stacking bin (I think this will be my "No Name" bin this year)
* Colored clip magnets (which I will use on my focus wall - I am converting one of my white boards into a focus wall this year! So excited about that!)
* Green and Yellow polka dot ribbons/bows (I thought these were so adorable! I plan to decorate with them somehow. They had many other colors as well!)

Here are more close-up pics:

Here is a list of the things I purchased at Wal-Mart:

* Colored Pencils ($1 or 50 cents each - depending on the brand)
* Markers ($1 or 50 each each - depending on the brand)
* 10 Glue sticks (10 cents each!)
* Cupcake cutouts (88 cents each!)
* Apple cutouts (88 cents each!)
* Pencil cutouts (88 cents each!)
* Silver Sparkly Border (10 in a pack - 88 cents each!)
* Pencil border (15 in a pack - 88 cents each!)
* 4 packs of Owl bookmarks (88 cents each!)
* 1 pack of "Reading is So Much Fun" Bookmarks (88 cents each!)
* 3 Owl tablecloths (88 cents each!)
* 3 Purple-flowered tablecloths (88 cents each!)
* 2 pink and 2 silver tubs (only 97 cents each right now!)
* Sheet protectors
* 2 4-packs of expo markers - only $2.50 each right now!
* Red pens (I think these were 97 cents....)
* 3 giant erasers (Batman, Mario, and a Skull - 88 cents each - will be used for prizes)
* 1 subject spiral notebooks (Only 17 cents each right now! I purchased 2 red, 2 yellow, and 2 green).

I think that's it....anything I missed I purchased from the drug store for $1 (such as the orange storage basket and the metal clips).

For the spiral notebooks, I had a few different ideas in mind. 

Idea # 1: This is an idea I got from another teacher via Pinterest. I could use the spiral notebooks for Writing Prompts. I would glue a prompt to the front of the notebook. Students would write on that prompt only in that notebook. Each student would get a turn to write on that particular prompt. This could be done when kids finish early or part of a station. I was thinking of doing a prompt that correlates with each Unit of the Treasures series we are using this year. 

Idea # 2: I got this idea as I was thinking of colors to use. I could post a question/problem on the board or in the actual notebook and have students respond to them. This could be used as a type of assessment to see how well students understand whatever skill/concept I am teaching.

Idea # 3: Going with the idea of using them for assessment journals, I could have the three colors: red, green, and yellow. I would have a question for students, such as "How well do you understand author's purpose?" and they could respond in the journal. Red would be for students who feel they do not understand, yellow would be for those who kind of understand, or are getting there, and green would be for students who feel they completely understand. Of course, students would need to know which notebook to use, and directions could be included on the front of the journal. That way, students are giving feedback and it's documentation!

I really like these ideas....maybe I'll do all 3 of 'em! 

Please let me know what y'all think!

Here a few more close-up pics of my goodies...and I'm sure these won't be the last that I buy! I'm going with an owl theme this year. I'm looking for some cheap (FREE!) resources on the internet that is owl-themed to use in my room. If you know of any, please let me know. 

Can you tell that I am really excited about this year?!?! LOL!

P.S. I LOVE these borders...It's a good thing that I live 45 minutes from the nearest Wal-Mart!