Dragons Love Tacos Class Pet

I have sent home a class pet each year and I usually change it up every few years! After doing Pete the Cat, Pigeon, and Clifford... this year I decided to do Dragon from Dragons Love Tacos! News flash: KIDS LOVE THIS BOOK! I want my students to be excited about books and I knew that sending home a plush Dragon (with a plush taco) and the book would do just that. Plus, I love the home to school connection. I let my students keep him over the weekend and bring the bag back the next week.  You could have them just have it over night or for one week. It's up to you!



I did not buy the book and plush toy together because I wanted the bigger Dragon and it only comes solo. I also got 3 of these blank canvas bags for 13.00 and I switch them out every few times (and they are washable as well). Here's what I bought:

       


You can buy a combination one for a lot less, but it's a tiny Dragon.



I have never had a student not bring him back, but I have had him come back pretty dirty. I just wash him on gentle cycle and you're good to go!  



You can download the cover to our 
class book here.






Back to School TPT Faves!

It's August 1st which means we are officially on the count down for school to start! (In Utah we start middle of August. I know some of you in Arizona, Georgia, and Tennesee already started!) 

We wanted to have a place where we keep all our favorite back to school items! Here are 12 of our favorite items for back to school (plus a few extra of our very favorite curriculum items for the year!)

Click each image to read more about each item!

  
  
 
 

And don't forget that TPT is having their back to school sale! Today and tomorrow, Aug 1st and Aug 2nd, you can save 25% on everything in our stores when you use the code BTSFRESH at checkout! 

Teacher Style Guide for Back to School

Teachers, as you head back to school and in between buying glue sticks and crayons for your students, please make sure to also treat yourself to some new teacher clothes! I know you're always worried about everyone else besides yourself, so here's your permission to purchase some new clothes just for you this back to school season! 



Please note this posts contains affiliate links.

Here are some of our favorite looks for back to school! And *bonus* everything here is on sale for $22 or less! Can't beat some of these prices!


I'm a total sucker for cute teacher tees! Especially when they have a nice message for students! These Teach Awesome Tees are perfect for jean days, or to pair with some nice dress pants and a cute cardigan any day of the week!




This beautiful Empire Pocket Midi Dress will help you look extra fancy for parent teacher conferences, but it's so comfy you'll feel like your wearing your pajamas all day!



These Lennox Flutter Sleeve tops are super cute! Very professional looking and nice to wear while it's still hot out.


Possibly my favorite shirts are these Colorblock Tunics. I love that they're professional looking, but also long enough to cover up when you're constantly bending down to help students. 


This Ultra Soft Long Cardigan is perfect for early morning  recess duty!  



How about these darling Personalized Heart Tees? Love these!!




Is it too early to order your Christmas Grinch shirt? I think NOT! (FYI - These always sell out quickly every time I see them on Jane.)


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Daily Boutique Deals

Back to School Activities, Writing, Student Book and Bulletin Board

Tired of doing the same old thing the first week of school? Need something new, fun, and interactive? This pack includes everything you need to get your year started off right. With an emoji-themed pack, it's sure to get your students' attention!




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Included in this pack:
  • Back to School Book (10 pages for the students to fill out)
  • Find the Friend (Getting to know you game)
  • Yay or Nay (Reviewing expectations with game and writing)
  • Emoji Me (Craftivity)
  • Summer Feelings (Writing)
  • Fave Board Game (Getting to know you game)
  • Bell Ringer (Coloring page)
  • 1st Day Gift (Printable tag to go with crazy straws)
  • Bookmarks
  • Photo Booth Letters
  • All the Feels Bulletin Board (writing and bulletin board)



All of this is included for you AND MORE! 











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Reading Group Games and Activities

So you've got your guided reading books and you read the book with your group. Now WHAT?  Do you need some games and activities to target certain reading skills? I've got you covered for grades K-3.  Each pack comes with over 50 games, activities, graphic organizers, and teaching tools. There are games and activities for comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and phonics.






Here are a few items included (remember there are OVER 50). 











I am a first grade teacher, but I use everything in the 2nd grade pack as well because I had some really high readers this year! Some of the items overlap with K/1, so please be aware of that. 








I had one of my favorite teacher-friends Brittany help me create a pack that is perfect for 3rd graders. I use this pack with my highest readers and it's helped me teach skills to them that I would not have even thought to teach (#firstgradeteacherforlife). The games that help reinforce the skills are fun, effective and the students love them! 







Get ready for an upcoming post on ALL THINGS ORGANIZATION with Guided Reading!




Back to School Amazon Guide!

I don't know how June passed so quickly, or how it's possible that we're already halfway through July, but I am sad to say that the summer is flying by faster than we all would like! Before we know it, our new students will be walking in the doors and it will be time to start a brand new year! 

So without further ado, here is our unofficial official:


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You can never have too many glue sticks! This pack of 30 would be great to start the year off. 

Pro tip: Save extra caps in a bucket so when a student loses their cap (and you know they will!) there will be extras to use!


I love a good set of colored scissors! This rainbow set it fun and you can use a different color for each table group so you always know where they belong. 


I highly recommend investing in a good quality pencil sharpener! This one is my favorite! But this X-acto School Pro  (below) is great too! 


Every teacher needs a good set of markers for making anchor charts. Mr. Sketch are, in my opinion, the best! And bonus - they smell amazing!


Veteran teachers will tell you - Ticonderoga pencils are the best pencils! They write dark and don't chip off when sharpened. Trust me, you don't want to pay cheaper prices for cheaper pencils. 

Pro tip: Grab the pre-sharpened pencils to make your life even easier! 



I'm not quite sure why I get so excited about colored Expo markers, but I seriously LOVE them! I love to have all the colors ready and available to use during my lessons. This Vibrant Color Mix is perfect!

Rachelle's advice: Grab the black low odor expo markers for students to use! They erase the best and last the longest!


I didn't invest in a personal laminator until my 6th year of teaching and I'm kicking myself for not buying one sooner! In fact, I recommend you buy one for your classroom AND home if possible! 

P.S. Only need new pouches? Click here!


How cool are these Dry Erase Pockets? They are great for centers, math practice, spelling activities and more! 



I love having caddies for each table group to use for shared supplies. It makes passing out and collecting classroom supplies a breeze. 

Teacher Tip: Have a "table captain" for each group assigned to organize and pass out supplies. It makes a great classroom job!



This 12 pack of washable, Elmer's glue is Amazon's best seller and is ON SALE for a killer deal! Or grab these cute mini bottles
If you plan on making slime anytime this year, or just want to have a supply on hand for refills, grab this gallon bottle!

Teacher Hack: Read this post about how to prevent clogged glue! It might change your life! 




Hands down, flair pens are my favorite pens for grading and writing in my Erin Condren teacher planner! They write smooth and dark, but don't bleed through the page! These are a MUST HAVE for me! (Try these tropical colors too!)


Thanks for checking out our Back to School Amazon Teacher Guide! Which supplies do you think are must-haves for the new school year, please share with us in the comments! 




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