Resistance is Futile

School supplies are out at Wal-Mart.   I tried to walk by, I really did.  I even filled my cart up with groceries  and shampoo for my husband.  Then I made my mistake.  I thought  I would just *peek* to see if the composition folders were out because those tend to fly off shelves.

Oh my.

Suddenly, I had 25 red, 25 yellow, and 25 blue folders, 25 composition notebooks, 18 packs of glues sticks and 4 packs of cap erasers in my cart.  How did that happen?

Then I thought since I had already blown it, I might as well go down the college/ dorm room aisle (I am beginning to get a feeling of why my diets never work...hmmmm).  I found these awesome bath caddies of $1 each!  Score!  They are black and match my black borders!  I figure I will use them for communal supplies and set them on the black drawer sets at each table.  I thought six caddies for six dollars was a deal!


I need to make pretty labels for them... adding that to the to do list.

I am currently working on several things.  I like to start 200 projects.  Finishing them is not nearly as much fun!   One of them is a beginning of the year unit teaching students conventions of conversation.  So much of the new Common Core Standards revolve around students talking, but after my summer school experience I am learning kids talk AT each other, not with each other!  Right now it is about 6 partner activities.  I have two lessons around books planned- but  I need the books to ship from Amazon to make sure, and then I will move to conventions of conversations in a large group.  Whew.  Here is a sneak peak of everything so far...

I am hoping to get it finished  by the end of July     before 2013     soon. : )



  1. This looks fantastic. I hear ya about conversations...we call it "accountable talk" and it has become a BIG focus with our board. Can't wait to see your resource when it's all finished and ready to sell.

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  2. I would love a copy of that!!!! Such a good idea! Can't wait to get it!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  3. Thanks for the warning! I will stay far away from Walmart for now :)

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  4. This is exciting - communication is a huge skill for us in special education and the more I can incorporate it, the better. I will definately be looking for this unit when it is done.


  5. Same thing happened to me! I was just going to look at the composition books. Oh well, at least we'll have what we need!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  6. I just hit up Walmart too for school supplies today! I love your partner activities. That's a great idea! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. I never thought to look in the dorm aisle for things. Great idea and that is a great deal for the baskets.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  8. Oh my gosh, Mandy. Love your partner conversation activities. Gonna be on my wishlist pretty quick.
    Now I'm gonna have to go to Walmart too! :)

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  10. Those caddies were a bargain! I couldn't have resisted either! And I love the unit teaching conventions of conversation! Great idea!


    Third Grade's A Charm

  11. What great cubbies you got!I can't wait to see them when you make those labels.
    I got mine like 4 years ago, I think I should replace them...

  12. I need to get to Walmart, those are great!

    Down The Learning Road


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