Monday, March 31, 2014

Unbelievable Teacher Bargains and Folktale Mentor Texts

Hooray for Spring Break!  
I am so happy to have the week off but a little sad that I am not traveling to a warm place.
I am moving in 10 days so will spend the time packing.
And also........blogging!

This past Saturday a friend and I found unbelievable teacher bargains at a sale held by a local company to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  
Have you heard of School Specialty?  
They run this sale every year but it's usually in November.
There are always good deals, but this year seemed to be especially good.
When I got to the check out I pulled out a twenty dollar bill, and the clerk said, "That will be $6.75."
Here's an overview of my purchases:
Big Books for a quarter???
I picked up a couple extra for my Kindergarten teacher friend.
Yes! Those are complete bulletin board sets - 2 for 25 cents!!
I teach a class for beginning educators at Concordia University so grabbed some goodies for them, too!

I'm also happy to be joining Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky!

We worked on Folktales recently and I found some great reads for my third graders.
The trickster tales by Gerald McDermott have colorful illustrations and easily explain lessons that Folktales are know for.

These trickster tales are great for comparing and contrasting texts.
We also loved the illustrations in the book The Polar Bear Son - such a heartwarming book.

We used the Folktale Exploration Booklet from my Teachers Pay Teachers store to reflect on and analyze the Folktales.
One of my students said, "I love these books!"
That's an endorsement any teacher would love!
Check out the Collaboration Cuties' blog for more great mentor texts!


  1. Wow! You got a great deal! I've not heard of School Specialty! I love The Polar Bear Son! Great story! I haven't heard of a lot of these titles! Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. Amazing! I have bought online from School Specialty, but never heard on deals like these :( I'm definitely going to have to check out your folktale booklet because that is next on my list to do!