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I'm linking up with Kelley for part 2 of Rockin'Resources- Things I couldn't live without!

Just got home from shopping. Of course it was ALL for my classroom! Am I the only one who just uses TICONDEROGA pencils? I am such a pencil snob. Well, these are the best pencils on the market. I found that they are much cheaper unsharpened. Target has a 24 pack for $3.99 

I love using flexible plastic 3 ring binders and my favorite are from Office Max. They keep my students very organized.

#3My teacher bag of tricks such as brag tags, class dojo, secret star, mystery trash and  candy! Click here  for a list.

Love labeling everything! Lately, I've just been using cardstock and packing tape.


Need a different animal/theme/color? I love doing custom work.


These little recorders are awesome! I use them at my stations so my students can play back the instructions. No more repeating myself over and over. I also use them as a way to congratulate a student. 
I may record " Congrats! You made a 100 on your spelling test!" and leave it at their seat.

Want to find more deals? Check out The Learning Tree's linky party of frugal finds.


  1. I'm think the white tape - our school calls it booboo tape. I use it a lot. When I care to hide my mistakes lol
    Buzzing with Ms. B

  2. I'll guess that it is the Quiet Classroom Pencil Sharpener...unless you don't count that as a school supply! : ) (I REALLY want one of those!!)

  3. I think it's post it notes! :-)


  4. I'm going to guess sticky notes! They have so many cute designs! I was also thinking pencils ha!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  5. I'm also going Post-Its!

    And I love flexible binders too :)

    Across the Hall in 2nd

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  7. This post is great!! You should join my Frugal Finds linky party! :)
    Frugal Finds Linky Party

    The Learning Tree

  8. Did you just say what I think you said??!! Two for one on the BEST pencils in the world??!! What a find Miss Nelson. What a find :) From one "pencil snob" to another . . . thanks for the 4-1-1 I will be heading on over to the Depot tomorrow!!!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  9. PS - Favorite school supply . . . mmmmm . . . I know I have read this before, but now I am getting all mixed up. Uh, Mr. Sketch?? See I got all excited about the pencils and forgot to post this part of the message.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  10. I just went to target and got a purse - you win the amazing teacher award! I need to get those pencils, because I feel like bad pencils can haunt you for the entire school year! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Castro's Class

  11. Great deals!

    Not sure if this counts as a school supply, but it IS for school and you WOULD use it all the time...an Erin Condren binder?

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. I'm a pencil snob, too! I will only use Ticonderoga pencils and they have to be super sharp. Now, my older boys are addicted to them and our pencil spending is out of control - glad to hear there's a sale!

    Teaching in Progress

  13. I think SHARPIES are your favorite school supply. I love 'em! ;) I, too, am a pencil snob. I do not buy Ticonderogas for my students because they sharpen their pencils down to nubs, but I get the Ticonderoga Tri-Writes for myself. I also recommend them to parents whose students are having a hard time writing. The triangular shape of the pencil just makes it sooo much easier to write! I'm a lefty and my first grade teacher spanked my hand repeatedly trying to get me to change the way I hold my hand. My pencil grip is fine, but my mom got me a notebook with three rings when I was 3. There's just no changing it after 3 years of reinforcement. For me, Ticonderoga Tri-Writes take some of the pressure out of writing. :)

    ♥ Melly♥

    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

  14. I'm going to guess binder clips, even though I probably am way off, lol. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  15. I'll go with highlighters just because they haven't been mentioned yet :)
    Stories by Storie

  16. I only use Ticonderoga pencils too. For me, it's about the fact that they are latex free. When kids sneak in other pencils, I get hives. I buy them at Costco. I'm going to guess one of my favorites: Mr. Sketch markers?
    Surfing to Success

  17. I'll give you all a hint. It's nothing fun but very useful!!! I've seen a pin going around saying it's a poor teacher's laminator.

  18. My guess is contact paper! I love it when you are in a pinch and the laminator is broken!

  19. Just found your blog and I love it. You have to check out Staples penny deals. I just got crayons, glue and pens for a penny last week. This week it is legal pads and tab dividers. Hopefully more to come soon! The poor teacher's laminator has to be clear packing tape. Use it all the time since my laminator frequently breaks just when I need it. Gotta love when your addiction to pinterest helps you out. =)

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  21. I will go with clear packing tape, too, since that's what I use to put the labels on our folders with!

    Here's another thing I use often since I am cheap: clear pocket folders. They are sealed on two sides, so I just put in a sheet of paper and the kids use their whiteboard markers on them. Works great when you want everyone to play/do something but don't want 25 laminated sheets at the end of it.

    (Can you tell I really love these labels?)

  22. I've got two winners. Anyone else want to guess?

  23. I love #5, the little recorders! Where did you get them? This is my new MUST FIND item because I've never seen anything else like them and can think of a bunch of uses for them...I'm so excited!


  24. Miss Nelson, I've already been a follower of yours for a while, but may I just say: I LOVE your idea about how to use those little recorders. I got them as a present for my birthday on May 27th and I was thinking of using them for sequencing nursery rhymes. But now you've really opened my mind to more possibilities. Thank you!

    If you have a second, stop by my blog. I would truly appreciate it. :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT


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