Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop Giveaway #2

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  Let's celebrate with a gift card giveaway.  :)

A few of my closest blogging buddies and I have joined together to share a few of our favorite teaching things...

Do you have a few items that you just can't live without?  Of course, the obvious answer for me would be BOOKS...I'm a reading teacher.  :)  

But aside from books I have a few other teacher must-haves...

Black erase boards, neon wipe-off paddles,
and story map white boards

To keep lessons exciting and fresh, I like to use a variety of dry erase response boards and fun markers that students may not have an opportunity to use in their regular classrooms.  

Super fun sticky notes and Sharpies

I invest in tons of sticky notes.  Students use them to interact with the text they are reading.  The speech bubble stickies are great for inferring what a character might think or feel.  We use the iPhone stickies to 'text' a response about their book.  Sharpies are perfect for recording our thinking on chart paper.

Ahh, teacher love! 

This is my all-time favorite classroom purchase EVER.  It's a Literacy Teacher's Trolley.  I can't tell you how much I love this easel!  The magnetic white board is designed to sit high enough to use at the guided reading table. It has pockets and bins for supplies and large storage tubs for hanging file folders and/or white boards.  Did you notice the wheels?  It travels anywhere you need it.

Wanna know what else I love?  AMAZON!  Today we're giving away an Amazon gift certificate to celebrate you, our readers.  Enter the raffle below.  I have my fingers crossed for you! :)

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What are your teacher must-haves?  Please share your ideas in the comments below.  Then hop on over to visit Deniece.  She has a brand new blog design to show off, and she'll be sharing her teacher must-haves at This Little Piggy Reads.

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  1. Love those dry erase boards! And those iPhone stickies are going on my wish list for next year!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  2. I want the black dry erase boards!! Those look so engaging. Hmmm.....I may need to make some purchases :)
    Curious Firsties

    1. The black erase boards are from Really Good Stuff. :)

  3. I want that Trolley Cart! So cool to keep organized. Where did you get it from? Thanks for sharing your must haves.

    Luv My Kinders

    1. Laura, the brand is Copernicus. I ordered it from Amazon, but Wayfair is actually the cheapest right now ($154) Leveled Literacy System -Teacher Trolley LLS100-ZL1166

  4. Trolley Cart - huh? I've never seen one before. I love it!