First things first! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a ONE DAY back-to-school BOOST sale on August 20th. All of the products in my store will be 20% off. You can get up to 28% when you use this code at checkout: BOOST. Click on the image to head over to my store.
Now... A fun linky. You know as teachers that we LOVE to see what everyone else has purchased for their classrooms! We all love to browse the back-to-school aisles. When I saw that there was a monthly linky where I could share the stuff I've bought, I knew I had to participate!
These trays came from the dollar aisle at Target. They are colorful and fun, and I really needed new paper trays. These will probably be a one-year solution. They are heavy cardboard and won't hold up long term, but I like how cheerful-looking they are.
These black baskets also came from Target. They were on sale! $2.49 each! I chose these baskets to make my "Lost Items" and "Book Hospital" bins. I also use these baskets for my book bins. I will probably pick up a few more and store them in case I want to expand my library. I created the labels myself, and attached them with glue dots. I'm offering the labels as a freebie. Click here to get them.
The puzzle is for a mini-lesson on predicting. Students will predict what the picture will be once the puzzle is assembled by looking at the pieces. Then we'll CHECK our predictions by putting the puzzle together. I'll connect this to reading by explaining that when we make predictions about text, we use clues. Then, we read on to check our predictions. This is NOT my idea. It came from Jen Jones at Hello Literacy. She's written a blog post about how to use puzzles and artwork to teach prediction and inferencing. Click here to read her blog post. You can visit her TPT store here.
I also bought lots of things that I did not take pictures of. I bought a bunch of spiral notebooks at Staples for 17 cents each. I bought boxes of crayons at Walmart. My Dad is in a nursing home now, but he used to buy me notebooks and crayons every year when the back-to-school sales started. I think I might always buy crayons and notebooks just to keep the tradition going.
I'd love to read about what you bought and how you plan to use it! Which purchase are you most excited about?