Back-to-School and Lots of Flash Freebies!!!

While my daughter is at dance in the mornings, I've been going to school.  Anything I've been using at school the past few days are free until 8/1 at 8 pm!!! The picture links will be at the end of this post.  Please feel free to leave feedback if they help you in your class! 

Here are some of my projects.
1.  The bookroom.  I've done some new labels and made some signs.  I ended up using scrapbook paper.  I think I found the brightest color package that they sold at Michaels!  My daughter loved the colors...she wants any leftover paper :) 

However, I'm not sure if anyone will get my "Welcome to the Book Room" sign (because almost all of the teachers I teach with are about 25 years old!). I was trying to make it like the Guns N' Roses song, Welcome to the Jungle. That's why I even put it on the rainbow zebra paper!

Bright Scrapbook Paper

The bookroom area is under construction.  I'm still labeling, and trying to get all the colored baskets coordinated based on level.  I inherited a hodge-podge of baskets, but at least I have baskets, so I can't complain!!!

These are the labels I made to put in the baskets/crates.  I really wanted to put them on the front, but I couldn't figure out how to keep them attached! If anyone has any ideas, please share!!!  :)
This was a cart of Mondo books we inherited when an elementary school closed. 
2.  Files.  This is not much fun, but I've been working on cleaning out files and putting them in an order I like! Pete the Cat and the Mouse like sitting on my file cabinet :)  I'm sure they are happy that they are sitting on an organized file cabinet!

Last summer I decorated these galvanized buckets from Michaels.  The owls were in the aisle with the wooden letters, but they had a section of finished wood.  I love the owls :)  I keep small post-it notes, binder clips, and paper clips in the buckets.

3.  My notebooks.  I have four notebooks that I use for meetings. 
Progress Monitoring
Data (this is classroom teacher data)
Coaching Notebook

I progress monitor about 10 students, and I need their specific data for parent meetings.

My data notebook has progress monitoring and benchmark data for each grade level.  We discuss this data at our PLC meetings.

My coaching notebook has my lesson plans, observation forms, standards for each grade level, and the school schedule.

Our district is working on improving instruction in K-2.  This notebook is divided into 4 sections:  Guided Reading, Literacy Work Stations, Phonemic Awareness and Phonics.  This is my first year for this notebook.  I'm not sure if I need it.  Since I went to 3 days of PD this summer, I have lots of resources that I have put in this notebook.  Plus I've been cleaning out files and adding to my notebook :)

Next Project:  Bulletin board for our school wide reading program!  The colors are black, white, gray, and yellow.

Click below to access these back-to-school flash freebies:

Behavior Clip Chart


Inspirational Quotes

 Binders and Spines


  1. Ha! I know what you mean about the 25 year old teachers. I would definitely get the GNR reference. Mine would probably be a Led Zeppelin reference. Your room looks great!
    The 85 Mile Commute

  2. You could attach the labels to the front of the baskets by punching holes in the top corners and attaching the label to the basket using binder rings.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

    1. THANK YOU! I have a TON of binder rings!!!! :)
      I'm putting this on my "to do" list :)

  3. I have my book basket labels attached the way Christina said. The rings are great and then it is easy to switch things if you need to. Our book room seems to always be undercontruction too!
    Conversations in Literacy


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