Weekend Warriors: November Necessities

I am joining some of my blogging friends this weekend to bring you Weekend Warriors: November Necessities! 

There are several items I use in my classroom that I could NOT live without! 

1. One major necessity I must have to function in my classroom is BINDERS! If you follow my blog, you know my obsession with binders...big, small, medium, large....I don't care! I have to have my binders. They keep me organized and I can find anything at a moment's notice!  Costco and I are buddies. They carry my white binders in all sizes, all year round. This makes me one happy teacher!
Here are some of my math binders in action!

2. My second MUST HAVE necessity is my personal laminator and lamination pouches. I must have these at my finger tips at all times. So, I have one for my classroom and one for my home. Yes, I have two laminators. I know...I am a bit crazy but really it keeps me sane. 

Here is my school laminator:
My school lamintor is a Paper Monster laminator from My Binding. It is simple to use and I love that it came with decals so I could personalize it myself. 

My home laminator:
This was a gift last year from my mom! She knew how badly I wanted a laminator so she went all out and bought me a Lakeshore lamintor that I had been eyeing. This laminator is on the pricey side but so worth it. I have never had a jam (knock on wood) and it runs smoothly. I keep at least 2 boxes of laminating pouched on hand at all times, so I am never without the ability to put shiny, hot plastic on new classroom items! Hehe!

3. My CCSS checklists are my "go to" resource when I am doing my weekly planning. I love using them because they are so easy to use and they literally keep me "in check." I have them hole punched in a three-ringed binder (yes, no surprise there) with my lesson plans. After I teach or assess the standard, I check it off so I know when I covered it. The checklists cover all CCSS for ELA and MATH. 
If you would like to see your grade level CCSS checklists, click HERE.

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  1. Before I decided on what to blog about for this round, binders were on my list!! Love this post! :) :)

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  2. I have a binder obsession too! I really want to get rid of my filing cabinets and convert my files to binders. I did this for all of my seasonal stuff this last year. I also don't know what I'd do without my laminator. If I run out of pouches, I have serious withdrawals. lol

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  3. I'm a binder lover too!! I love that your laminator came with a cute little decal!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade