My Rockin' Resources

I've been packing up my classroom this week to move from the fourth grade hallway to the third grade hallway.  I thought I would use this post the share some of the things I clutched to my chest  before boxing up.  Some are cheap and some not so much.  Summer is a great time to spend cruising around the Internet looking for items to improve your teaching, make your room cuter, and life just a little bit easier.  Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory is having a lovely link party.  So after reading my must haves, check out what other teachers are loving here:

1.  Office Max's Print Service
I detailed my massive love for the Office Max's printing services here.  It's a serious love.  The bottom line is this: You can print an 11x17 poster in color on glossy card stock for about $1.50.  All the posters you want, saying exactly what you want.  That's love.
Here are couple I've put up in my room:


**The full set of Feeling Sad/Mad/Bad/Glad is available to 
download as a freebie at the bottom of this post.  Yippee!

2.  Ikea FLYT Magazine Boxes
Seriously, I use these things everywhere.  If my classroom wasn't boxed up, I could show you more pictures.  I use them to organize my books, organize my copies, organize my small group instruction, you get the idea.  I shared here how I use one little Ikea box to organize my reading assessments so that they don't become the stuff of nightmares.  $2 for 5 of these babies.

3.  Mr. Sketch Markers
My love affair with Mr. Sketch markers began when I taught second grade and wrote a morning message everyday.  I would usually try to write 3-4 at a time.  That's a lot of marker stink filling up your room.  They recently changed the tip, though, and I'm still peeved about that.  I've adjusted.  Sigh.

4.  Lakeshore's High Interest Reading Folders
I not usually really big on this sort of prepackaged stuff.  However, these folders are great.  I used them with my ARI kiddos.  For some reason planning my ARI lessons hugely stressed me out.  I'm not even sure why.  I plan a million other lessons??  Whatever.  These worked beautifully.  They did get the high interest element correct!  If we missed a day, several of my kids would ask when we were going to get back to "that story about . . . ."  It was very easy to build a week's worth of lessons from the text and resources materials.  I loved these.  They were well worth every penny of my school's money.  ; )  

After finding out I was moving from 4th to 3rd, I hopped on the Internet to find out about these folders for the younger set.  They don't make them.  Why??????   I e-mailed Lakeshore.  They replied that my e-mail had been forwarded to product development.  Somehow I don't see these coming out by October for 3rd grade.  Grrr.

5.  My MimioTeach
So maybe one day your principal says to you, "Hey! We've got $800 we'd love for you to spend.  What would you like to buy?"  If that ever happens to you (after passing out and regaining consciousness), you should ask for a Mimio.

Why a Mimio?
One main reason.  Before moving to my current school, I had an ActivBoard by Promethean.  I loved that board.  It was one of the hardest things to leave behind.  Oh yeah, there was an amazing staff, too.  But I loved that board.  Here's the thing, though.  It's a board.  Which means it has to be mounted to your wall.  Lots of labor there.  Plus giant holes, drilling, etc.  That gets expensive and is not the sort of thing you can just grab to bring to an inservice or easily move with you to another classroom.
Not so the Mimio!  The Mimio just attaches to your existing dry erase board.  This makes it waaaay cheaper and gives another element to its use.  I've used it in different rooms for staff in services at my school, and it will travel with me this year to our district wide inservice.  Try that with an ActivBoard.

Now that you've read what I can't live without, click on the picture below to head to the Rockin' Resources Linky Party to find out what everyone else is lovin'!

Happy shopping!

Click on the image below to download the Mad/Bad/Glad/Sad set.

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1 comment

  1. Megan . . . thank you oh so much for linking up. I love your signs. I am going to hang that one about "never forgetting how you made them feel." It's so true. Mr. Sketch is a great resource call. I grade all my papers with the skinny set! Thanks again for joining . . . have a great rest of your week :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory