Getting Ready for School

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Yes, I have already spent over $200 at Walmart on supplies for my classroom. Now I know all of my new kids will have paper, crayons, notebooks, and folders! It makes me feel better knowing no one will have to be disappointed or discouraged by a lack of supplies.

I found the cutest little plastic crayon boxes! Now when somebody immediately dumps all of their crayons into their pencil bag I can give them a box that will keep them (kid and crayons) organized. I have never understood this urge to dump the box and discard it. I did buy all of the boxes that were available (20). I may go look for more.

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Now I need to pour over my wishlist on Teachers Pay Teachers. I will be teaching only ELA and Social Studies this year. I want some really good writing lessons. Writing has not progressed as well as I would like in my classroom over the past several years. I want it to be a big focus this year. And I have my eye on a couple of great teacher authors/sellers. Here are a few that I am considering:

Poetry Interactive Notebook by The Third Grade Zoo

I love how she has many types of poetry to create in a fun interactive format. We do a lot of poetry reading in my classroom. I would love to have a more focus poetry writing plan!

Seed Stories Personal Narrative Writing by The Third Wheel

Her 6 activities complement the Lucy Calkins series, but promise to bring some new life to our writing! This author has an amazing product description. You need to go read all that is offered!

Essay Writing for Grades 3-5 by Kathy O


Personal Narrative Writing Resources by Kathy O

I think Kathy O may be my new guru when it comes to writing! Oh no, now I’ve discovered this

Writer’s Workshop Units of Study — Ultimate Bundle

which wasn’t even on my wishlist! So apparently this is a hazzardous blog post that I am writing!

But seriously you need to check these out! And now is a great time to do it, because everything will be on sale Monday and Tuesday!!


Do you have some writing resources that you could recommend to me or others to check out? Feel free to add them to the comments below!




  1. Ann, thank you so much for the shout out on your blog! It sounds like your students are going to have a great year of writing ahead of them! In our district we use the MAISA Writing & Reading Units found here: <a href="your WORDS“>Grade 3 MAISA Units. My resources go perfectly with these units, which are common core aligned. I love them! Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions. I would love to chat about writing with you!

    Kathy O.
    Third Grade Doodles

    • Thank you for the link to the MAISA Units. I will investigate them and let you iknow if I have any questions!

  2. Oops…here is that link again: <a href="your WORDS
    “>Grade 3 MAISA Units

  3. Thank you so much for including me! I spent a TON of time revising that project this summer, and I am so happy to hear it caught your eye. I have used the old version for the past 3 years, and I cannot wait to put the new additions into this year’s lessons.

    Mrs. D

    • I am very excited about using this!!!

  4. I am coveting those crayon boxes. Were those from Walmart?

    • Yes, they were in the school supply yellow boxes in the middle of the store. i am excited to have them!

  5. I’ll share my best find of the summer from a group called SERP. I was looking for materials to teach academic vocabulary to language-impoverished students. The materials are for 4th grade and up, but I’ll bet you find them inspiring. They are high quality and FREE!

    • Thank you so much for this! I look forward to the opportunity to search through it!!!

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