CORDLESS Hot Glue Gun
Emphasis on the CORDLESS! Did you know you can use a hot glue gun to affix things to cinderblock walls? GAME CHANGER. The hot glue can go straight on the wall or on top of painters tape if you're unsure of the paint chipping. Get a shoebox size Tupperware container to store your glue gun and extra hot glue sticks.
White Board Magnets
Hang an example of a finished project, find out who didn't write their name on a paper, hang something simply so you don't lose it... you'll need magnets that hold it to the board and don't slide down and onto the floor. BONUS if you have a metal door frame that you can clip those last minute papers that need to go home by the door as a reminder. Try this magnets with a paper/poster holder.
Now that all those bulletin boards, memory books, and student work samples are hanging... don't ruin your finger nails to take them down. These staple removers save the bulletin board (to be reused) and your nails, the one even collects the staples so they don't end up waxed in your floor or embedded in the carpet. I prefer the long handled remover on for straight staples (cork boards and cork strips) and the clamp remover for papers or unbundling those darn Scholastic Book Club packets! Just incase they fall to the floor, use a magnet to scoop them all up without time pulling them out of the carpet.
Paper, paper, paper
Hopefully, your school will provide the basic white copying paper. These Astrobrights Bright Paper stack are great for differentiating stations, sight words, or special assignments. Trust me, you'll find endless uses for it.
I bundle that with the same color family of Astrobrights Bright Cardstock. This way the colors coordinate throughout your room and connect to whatever unit you are using them for. My favorite use of the cardstock is on my bulletin boards.
SmartFab Bulletin Board Fabric
These are for teacher use, not students! These markers are glorious for anchor charts. They don't dry out quickly, go on evenly, and stay bright in color when hanging for a long time. I'm not a scented person, but these marker scents don't bother me. They certainly can be used by students and are extremely motivating, but I save them for teacher use only. Trust me, Crayola markers can't hold a light to these for anchor charts.
It Is Elementary My Dear with Michele
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