Friday, May 8, 2015

TPT Teacher Appreciation Purchases

I don't know about you, but I spent WAY too much money in the Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale! I happily added items to my cart and nearly died when I saw the total (but did I save any of it for later? Nope! lol).

I actually added all of my items to my cart on Monday afternoon because I wanted to be able to quickly and easily just check out on Tuesday when the sale began. The total price in my cart pre-sale and discounts was just under $150. Yikes!

With the individual seller sales and then the added discount from TPT itself, I paid $96 for all that I got. Can't complain there when you save about $50! I have never spent that much in any one purchase but since I am moving to 3rd grade next year, there were some things that I just had to have for that grade level switch (I've that 4th grade in some capacity 6 out of my 9 years of teaching so never needed to spend much before....but switching grades changed that up!). 

When you consider everything that I was able to get, $96 is actually a steal!

 Let's take a look! (PS Click on any of the pictures to find this item on TPT!) 

3rd Grade Interactive Math Notebooks (and worksheets) from CreateShareTeach
I have all of the 4th grade notebooks and I L-O-V-E them! I know my students have a much better grasp on math this year because we used the interactive notebooks. I knew I had to have the 3rd grade version as well. Since I bought this as a bundle pack, I also got all of the Common Core worksheets to go with the standards too. Bonus! 

3rd Grade Spiral Math by Teaching in Room 6
 I have mentioned many, many times on this blog how much I love Stephanie. (One year I swear I was just going to put a sign on the door that said "this classroom brought to you by Stephanie" because I use so many of her amazing products!) I have used Stephanie's spiral math homework for the last 3 school years in 4th and 5th grade. My students have historically kicked butt on our MAP tests compared to our grade level peers and I know it is because of this spiral -- I won't ever teach without this homework again. 

3rd Grade Common Core Morning Work by Second Story Window
 Remember the infamous "Grade Level Shuffle"? When I thought I was going to teach 1st grade, I purchased an amazing morning work bundle from these two sisters. Then I went back to 4th grade and never got to use it. I was kind of bummed because it's AMAZING. How happy was I to discover that they had a 3rd grade version?? Seriously, it is by far the most comprehensive morning work packet I have ever seen. Even better, they let you know the standards that each page covers so that you can keep documentation on student progress with each standard all year. Bonus!

Teacher Data Tracking & Grade Book by Kristine Nannini
This might be my favorite purchase. This year we switched over to Standards Based grading but it was just before the end of the 1st marking period when we were told and we had zero tools to help us track the standards. Hello frustration! We are switching over to a new grading platform (online) but I am a paper/pencil kind of girl -- I like to see things in black and white. This pack is VERY comprehensive and provides everything you never knew you needed to help track grades and progress (including documentation sheets for intervention groups!). Well, well worth the money! 

Ocean Theme Decor by Fishyrobb
Did you see my new Erin Condren planner with the fabulous seahorse? In 3rd grade the students do a research report on an Ocean Animal. I figured it was worthwhile to have a classroom theme that matched that and my super new planner :)

Reading Response Menus by 3rd Grade Thoughts
Apparently, I really like people named Stephanie :) I have been stalking Stephanie's blog since I learned I was going to 3rd grade. She has many amazing ideas that I plan to adapt for my 3rd grade classroom. This product was a no-brainer for me. I want authentic reading responses that are a bit different each time to provide some excitement but also keep the kiddos accountable with their reading.

Math Menus from Teacher's Clubhouse
This year I implemented Math Choice Boards to my math teaching. It was a beautiful thing and I loved seeing how creative the kids got with their projects. I purchased this unit because it is geared primarily for 2nd-3rd grade students and I can easily slip these into my stations or math centers to provide the students with extra practice in each skill area. 

3rd Grade Math Standards Based Assessments by Kristine Nannini
I have this same set in the 4th grade version and I love it. It helps me to ensure my students have shown mastery of all of the math standards. These are great for extra practice sheets too.

3rd Grade Common Core Student Data Binder by Kristine Nannini
This is a very comprehensive set. I really want my students to be more in charge of tracking their own progress and this is perfect for that. I think it's important for students to own their progress, especially once they get into the upper grades.

Word Work Trio Set by 3rd Grade Thoughts
I have said for years that I wanted to implement Daily 5 but it just hasn't happened with the schedules I've had and other demands. Alas, I probably won't follow it to a T this coming year either but I definitely want to put some of their ideas into place, especially for the Word Work station because kiddos need to spend time manipulating words.

Student Portfolios by Shelley Gray
I also purchased this Portfolio pack for the same reason as I got the data pack above. I really want my students to take more ownership over their own learning by being able to track their progress but also to be able to collect work samples that they think are examples of their good work and maybe their not-so-good work to help them gauge what steps to take to make learning more productive and fun.

So there you have it! Quite a haul of new products to play with for next year. I'm really excited about all of these new goodies!


  1. What type of notebook do you use for your interactive notebooks? I am thinking of using them for my college course for my students to use in order to give them handouts with the teaching strategies I am using that they could use for their ELL students as well as with notes/info about the theories etc. Since my course runs for 1 week during the summer, I think I should buy the notebooks myself and hand them out so everyone has them the first day. I know that there are great back to school deals but I don't think there will be any good sales at this time of year. I don't want to spend too much, but if you have any recommendations I'd love to know (do you supply the notebooks for your students?).

    1. When I have used the notebooks this year, we used composition books, however, the pages aren't quite big enough so I will use spiral bound notebooks next year.

      Generally I do supply pretty much all of my own school supplies. We do have a community coordinator who does get us some supplies (crayons and things like that), however, I like to color code certain things so I often just buy the supplies myself because then I know what colors I have. It's just easier.

      Can't you put a spiral bound notebook on your list of materials for the course? Seems unfair that you'd need to supply them yourself for a college class.

    2. We can indicate what texts we want, but there isn't really a way to indicate in advance other supplies. If I tell them on the first day of class they need a notebook, they won't have it for the first day and we have class from 8-4 so they won't have much time to get one since it's an intensive course that lasts just one week. In the past I had a teacher request we get a special type of notebook and she gave us time to go to the bookstore during class, but I want to use them right off the bat so that is my dilemma...

  2. Looks like you got some awesome things! I too, spent way too much-double my usual budget! I'm hoping to overhaul my math block by semi-flipping it, so I needed cute papers and clipart to help make that happen :) Enjoy your purchases! They look like a lot of fun!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

    P.S. I was sorry to see that you had to take time off because of the accident and were still hurting. I hope you're better!

    1. Aw, thanks! I'm still in quite a bit of pain but my doctor put me on different meds that will hopefully help and I see a chiropractor on Monday to hopefully get the "kinks" out of my neck and get back to feeling better!