Classroom Must Haves: Things I Can’t “Picture” Myself Teaching Without

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must have classroom resources and freebies for upper elementary teachers

I am getting together with my friends over at Upper Elementary Snapshots to blog about Classroom Must Haves!  Below are 4 things that I can’t ‘picture’ myself teaching without 🙂 *This post contains affiliate links*

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I have always used a bell as a signal that students need to stop what they are doing and listen.  I loved my bell (part because it was in the shape of an apple) because I didn’t have to say anything.  Students knew they needed to ‘Give me Five’ when they heard it.  I then decided to updated my bell and bought these chimes. Let me tell you – I LOVE them!  It’s a much prettier sound than the bell 🙂 I even feel a little extra special using them 😉

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I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school.  I just loved it! I try my very best to always read a chapter book for about 15 minutes at the end of each day.  This is a time when I can model not only fluent reading but also the love of reading.  Mini-lessons do come out of these read-alouds, but only naturally.  This is not a time to teach a formal lesson – It’s a time to sit and enjoy a good book before dismissal.  🙂  Matilda is always a hit!

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guided math resources for elementary - math workshop resources

These math tri-folds are a MUST HAVE resource for your guided math groups.  They are standard specific, so you can easily group students according to what skills they need extra coaching in.  I currently have this resource for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade. Make planning easy and download free lesson plan templates here.

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create a notebook to house all you student observations for reading, math, and behavior - free download

It’s hard to keep organized when you have different notebooks for math, reading, and behavior.  I created a document that keeps all student observations and notes on one page!  I printed several for each student and bound them myself. I then bought sticky tabs and numbered them.  This will make checking in on students and recording information a breeze!


After you’ve downloaded my freebie be sure to visit each of the blogs below to add 12 more FREE RESOURCES to your own collection of things you can’t picture yourself teaching without. Afterwards swing by our collaborative blog, Upper Elementary Snapshots for lots of great content and ideas you can put into practice in your own classrooms as well as a chance to win gift cards to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Teachers Pay Teachers so you can stock up on your own Classroom Must Haves.

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    Susan Lane
    September 21, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I love your site and resources.. Can you please tell me the proper way to play Match Game with Rounding Numbers. I have the set but not sure how this works since the answers are given on the cards.

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