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I have about 1000 that was gifted to my class (this NEVER happens!) and I must spend it by the end of March. If you could buy anything for your class, what would you get? I purchased a bookshelf and some storage containers, but beyond that, I'm lost. I could use some things for centers, but I'm not sure what would be best. I don't want to waste it! I teach 3rd grade.


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If you use readers workshop I would spend the whole thing on leveled books.
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How exciting! My last few chunks of money I purchased some alternative seating (hokki stools), hands-on science materials for the kids to just explore (not necessarily related to specific lessons), and STEM building materials (legos, blocks, etc. to use in STEM challenges). If I had another big chunk I'd really love some coding robots and a new play kitchen. If there is anything big you've been looking at do it now. I feel like those are the things I always put off - it's much easier to spend little chunks.
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I would purchase a few nice beanbag chairs. When I was teaching my students loved hanging out in them and reading books in the class library.
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I used to teach 3rd, so here's what I would do.
* Math manipulatives, such as base-10 blocks, fraction strips, small whiteboards/dry-erase markers (we used those a LOT in 3rd-grade math).
* If you're looking for good math problems, take a look at Laura Candler's Daily Math Puzzler. I paid $40, I think, and got good use for several years. My math scores skyrocketed the first year.
* New, leveled books for your classroom library.
* Literature/non-fiction books to go with content areas. Think about your science and SS topics, and look for books to accompany those.
* Indoor recess stuff. I don't know what you do for indoor recess, but at our school, students were sent back to the classroom. Most teachers turned on videos. I brought stuff from home that my own kids had used, so I had a stash of jigsaw puzzles, chess and checkers games, building toys, drawing books and supplies, etc., that were for use only during indoor recess.


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