Rockin' Resources & Exciting News!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I am linking up with Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory for her very first linky party!!!

Here are the top 5 things I couldn't live without in my classroom!

1. My Erin Condren teacher planner and life planner!
Oh my goodness, I could not stay organized without these!! Not only do they keep me on track, but they are super fun and colorful, which puts me in a good mood every time I look at them!!


2. Books!
Have I mentioned that I have a HUGE addiction to books?
I love them! I literally cannot walk through a bookstore without picking up at least one! There are just so many wonderful books that I want my students to have access to!


3. My document camera and projector!
These were a very special gift from my parents when I got my 1st job and I use them every day!!

4.Colorful pens and markers
(They make everything so bright and happy!)

Set of 50

Easel Case, Assorted Set of 20


5. Laptops!
Our 2 class computers were donated and without hard drives... meaning no flash, no MS Word, and no fun!
Thankfully my mom and I were both in need of new, faster laptops at the beginning of the year, which meant that I had 2 laptops that I could use for my classroom! I am SO thankful we have them because we use them all the time and my students love them! We use them for so many things!

- During Daily 5 for Work on Writing
 - To make tagxedo designs based on vocabulary and spelling lessons
- To blog (my students all have blogs through Kidblog, which they post book reviews on, as well as quality comments in response to their peers' reviews)
- Character analysis using Voki
- Video chatting with Tara's 4th grade class all the way across the country in Florida!
-Video editing (which we are currently working on!)
. . . and so much more!!!


It's been so much fun seeing all of the other things that teachers "can't live without!" Head on over to Kelley's blog to link up and see what other teachers have for their top 5!


Speaking of amazing resources, I have some VERY exciting news!!!
I have been working with a group of other FABULOUS bloggers to bring you...

A Daily 5 and CAFE book study for grades 3-6!!
It is going to be HUGE!
It will start on July 1st, so make sure you get both books if you don't have them already!

I have been using the Daily 5 and CAFE this past year, but I am excited to learn more wonderful ideas on how to implement it in our upper grade classrooms!

Make sure you have your copies so that you can join us!

More info. to come as we finalize everything. . .  :)

You can click on the books to order them straight from Amazon! And just a heads up the Daily 5 book is apparently at 2 week shipping right now, so make sure you order it soon!!


  1. Good to know the wait for the books is that long! I totally want to check out KidBlog now.

    -April @

  2. I want to have my first and second graders blog next year! One of my now first graders who will be a second grader in the fall has TERRIBLE handwriting. Completely 100% illegible. Maybe if he types instead of writes than I can tell what is going on........!!

    Also I wrote all the time with those Crayola Supertips and they are my fave!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  3. My son actually blogged in his 7th grade LA class and it was fun to have another thing we could do together. I MUST try those markers you recommended!


  4. We use Kidblog too and I am so excited that 2 of my babies have already been on there and shared what they are reading:)))))) I can't wait for the book study!!! I went out to my closed school Monday to grab the books:) Chat soon!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. Can't wait to join the reading group this summer. I had the Daily 5 book on my summer to read list already and since I teach grade 3 in Tanzania, it will be nice to have a network of colleagues since I am so far away! Keep up the good work!

    Miss Rorey's Room

  6. The book study is a great idea! I am going to see if a primary one is out there this summer. I'm a new fan!

    Heather at Teach It Today!

  7. I have seen those Erin Condren planners pop up on blogs here and there. I am definitely going to have to check it out today. I am adding this to my "To-Do" sticky on my computer. Thank you so much for joining the linky! Although you teach 4th and I am way down in 1st, I always love coming for a visit.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  8. I currently have the Erin Condren life planner. I love love love the monthly spread pages at the beginning of each month. Looking at the pictures of the teacher lesson planner - don't the lesson planners have these monthly spreads as well?

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  9. Oh yay! I was hoping to read those books this summer, and had only heard about a kindergarten book study. I'm so happy there will be one for upper grades! (I'll be in 3rd next year!) Keep us posted! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  10. I would be lost without my Erin Condren planner! It goes everywhere with me & I would be lost without it. I love my document camera also. There are so many cool things to do with it!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  11. I am def. going to have to check out the Erin Condren planners. Everyone says they love them.


  12. I'm finishing my first year of teaching, and always looking for great resources! Thanks for your recommendations!

    I'm your newest follower.

    Rhymes With Purple

  13. I currently use the life planner and am looking at the teacher planner. Do you find that they overlap too much? I'm worried about ordering the teacher planner and not finding it useful or feeling like I'm writing everything twice.



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