Let's Get Acquainted and New Year, New Gear, Must-Haves!! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Let's Get Acquainted and New Year, New Gear, Must-Haves!!

Happy Monday! First, I'm linking up with Latoya from Flying Into First!

This week, we are sharing about two of our bloggy friends! I am excited to share about two of my Best Bloggy Buddies, although it was super hard to choose! I have made so many friends, so I want to talk about two that I haven't mentioned recently on my blog...
4th Gr Flipper
Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper is an absolutely phenomenal teacher, friend, blogger, and supporter! She is a fellow fourthie, and I just love her ideas and her products!! If you don't already follow her, you definitely should! :) She also has an awesome weekly linky party where you can share anything you have tried- visit her tomorrow and link up!

My next BBB I want you to get to know is Theresa at Pinkadots Elementary!
Pinkadots Elementary
She is also a fellow fourthie! She has fabulous ideas and is a great friend to email and chat! :) She has some great products! :) My favorite is her 20 Weeks of Language Arts Weekly Review! I used it for test prep and it was perfect!
She has a great linky right now as well- New Year, New Gear! I wanted to take the time to link up now, and you should, too! :)

I am also going to be a linky junkie and add another one of my BBBs' linky parties- Sabra from Teaching With a Touch of Twang. :)
Here are some of my school supply MUST-HAVES for my students!
My kids have FIVE composition notebooks in their desk. Yes, you read that right- five. I do interactive notes for Science and Social Studies, so they have one for each of those subjects. I also require one for our Mentor Sentences. They have one for Writing, of course. And last, they have one for Math. I have used one for Reading mini-lessons and responses before but prefer to use a folder with loose paper instead because then I'm not lugging journals home to grade responses. 
A big part of interactive note-taking is color coding- and crayons are RIDICULOUS to try to write normally with, so I make mine use colored pencils...which also leads to requiring them to have a hand-held sharpener.
We are not taking a million trips to the pencil sharpener!! :)
I love to have my students use these yellow legal pads to write their rough drafts! You can see my reasons here and here!

What supplies do you think are essential for the new year? Link up with Pinkadots Elementary and let us know! And what are the Must-Haves for your classroom- like, you couldn't live without them?? Link up with Teaching With a Touch of Twang and share!


  1. Thanks for linking up and mentioning me as one of your BBB! You are too sweet. Great ideas for school supplies! :)

    Pinkadots Elementary

  2. Oh Jivey!!! You are an amazing BBB! I am so blessed to have met you in the bloggy world and your sweet words mean more than you know:) You made my week!!
    I love composition notebooks too. I don't know what it is about them but they're the best!
    Lots of Love,
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Thanks for linking up girl! You truly are an amazing BBB :o) I'm obsessed with composition notebooks! I even buy tons extra when they are only $0.25 at back to school time, lol. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and I too am so glad we met! And thanks for introducing me to Pinkadots!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  4. LOVE all of your must-haves! You are the one who inspired me to put yellow legal pads on my supply lists for next year! Composition journals are GREAT aren't they? I gave you a little shout out on my blog post today :)

    Hope you had a great day!



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