Classroom Must Haves - Mandy Neal

Classroom Must Haves

Do you have a classroom must have?  I have quite a few.  It can also be argued that they are simply wants, but I simply couldn’t survive without these classroom “must haves”.  I have teamed up with my friends over at Upper Elementary Snapshots to share with you all of our classroom must haves.  They are most definitely things that we can’t “picture” ourselves teaching without! 🙂

In addition, we have compiled a list of “must have” freebies along with an amazing giveaway!

Classroom must haves

My Favorite School School Supply

I love all office supplies, some would say that I’m slightly obsessed.  I have had this addiction since I was little.  So, you could probably guess that the back to school shopping season is one of my favorites.  I’m like a little kid in a candy store!

I recently came across these Paper Mate InkJoy gel pens.  I typically don’t like gel pens, because they smear.  I’m so impressed with these my friends!  These are the first gel pens that don’t smear, and they add amazing color to my planner!  I am so impressed that I bought a package for home, one for school, and I bought a back up as well!


My Favorite Book

One of my favorite books is a book that I use as a read aloud.  It’s the Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis.  It’s a great mix of funny and serious.  I never get tired of reading it, and my students always love it!

Screenshot Aug 13 22.54.13

My Favorite Resource

My favorite resource right now is….my Third Grade Guided Math units.  So far there are three units, but by the end of this month I will be adding three more.  I spent a lot of time over the summer working on these to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Everything I need is all in one place.  Lessons, journal prompts, interactive notebooks, and math station games.  You can learn more about Guided Math Made Easy HERE or find the resource HERE.

Third grade guided math

My Favorite Free Resource

I love cooperative learning activities, and the beginning of the year is the best time to start incorporating them into the classroom.  My favorite free resource is the Back to School ~ Find a Buddy Who.  Students get to talk to each other and share about themselves.  Add a game of bingo for a twist, and you have some excited students!  It’s sure to be a hit!  You can find it HERE.

Buddy Bingo

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.  

Sign up for Access to Exclusive Freebies

Sign up for over 25 exclusive freebies from Mandy Neal at Teaching With Simplicity!