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Hi Everyone,

I found out I have $700 to spend...by April. We have been asked to use it to first buy classroom library books, and then look at other items. Technology is not included for this money. I can use it for any classroom materials (with okay from admin). What would you get? I teach second grade.

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I would get as many books
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as I could, and buy baskets to organize them by author/genre.

Some places I would look:

If you're a Title One school, you can buy books from www.firstbook.org. You can get current, hard back books for the price of a paperback, or paperback books significantly cheaper.

Scholastic Book Clubs will sell you 100 books for $100. Their choice of books, but you can buy by grade level. I'd get books in both the 2nd grade range, and 1st/K range. If you had more money, you could buy 25 books or 50 books for 25 or 50 dollars in the Grade 3 range. Those will most likely be paperbacks.
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I would get guided reading book sets.
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-Non-fiction books
-mentor texts that would support writing traits
-levelled books
-math manipulatives
-bins to organize and label all of the above

You will be surprised how fast $700 can disappear.
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I'd get a super duper electric pencil sharpener. When I was teaching, the cheapo ones the school provided always broke and were a waste of time. I bought my own for around $70. and loved it.

I also would buy a class set of playing cards....for math, of course. I loved teaching math facts using cards and it was always a hit with the kids.


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I would buy a paper cutter and a good hole puncher. Maybe some STEM type kits that go with my curriculum.

Magnet labels to use for my centers and rotations. Magnet borders

Clocks for telling time.

Cardboard offices

resources to make file folder type games/activities

Numbered bags and assortment of books to send home for take home reading

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Thank you!
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Thanks everyone, for sharing your ideas! Happy Frida!
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Oh my goodness, I wish that I could be in your shoes. I would immediately buy as many classroom books as I could. You've gotten good suggestions for sources but I'd head down immediately to our local used book stores and stock up on as many books as I could.
I'd look to get some guided reading sets for favorite books of mine. I'd bulk up my nonfiction section (never as robust as my fiction section).
I know there's always a million and one things you could buy but the opportunity to use all that money for a robust classroom library? Priceless. You'll likely never have the opportunity again.
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PrivateEyes, a great person , made a wonderful suggestion about Scholastic books. I get the dollar books, so right now I have class sets of novels like Hatchet and Black Ships Before Troy as well as a few copies of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. Scholastic lets you get a decent classroom library for very little money.

If I personally had 700 dollars, I would load up on the basics like Expo markers, Sharpies, paper, highlighters, and glue sticks. I would also update the personal small whiteboards that we use for spelling weekly. My kids did so much better on an advanced spelling list we did this week because I used the boards.
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Highly recommend Scholastic Guided Reading Short Reads if you donít have good Guided Reading supplies. What a fun challenge you have to spend $700! Enjoy!


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