Goodbye, July; Hello, Back-to-School! Win a Book for Your Students

July is a sneaky month. It quietly slides by until, all of a sudden, you wake up and realize it’s not July anymore—it’s August! And you know what that means: back-to-school is coming!

Submit a comment to our blog to let us know what back-to-school preparations you’re making this week. (Or maybe you’re back in school already?!) One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win Noni Is Nervous from Tundra Books. Noni is nervous about a lot of things—including the first day of school. Students of all ages will relate! Submit your comment by 11:59 EDT on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, to be entered into our drawing. Good luck! (Hooray for Darlene, who is our winner.)

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Have you sent out your school supply list yet? Try something new this year: a convenient online list at Classrooms by Walmart. Update your list anywhere, anytime. Plus parents can check the list at home, at work, or on the go. Click here to take a look! Plus, when you register at the site, you’ll receive a free e-book!

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Here’s something to smile about: big savings at! Use the promotion code “LEARNING” to get 50% off pencils, stickers for $4.29 per roll or box, 25% off everything else, and free shipping with a $29 order. It’s back-to-school prep all in one! Visit to check it out!

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Get your students excited to be back in the classroom—and excited about reading—with CLASS ACTS. The biggest names and freshest voices in middle-grade lit come together to make back-to-school fun! Grab excerpts and discussion questions, learn class cheers, watch videos, and check titles off the official reading list. Bring CLASS ACTS into your classroom at

Don’t forget, submit your comment to our blog to enter our drawing!


PS: Today’s the last day to enter the Westcott scissors giveaway at our Making a Difference blog. Click here now to enter!

19 thoughts on “Goodbye, July; Hello, Back-to-School! Win a Book for Your Students

  1. Back to school preparations for this week – downloading back to school activities/posters, coloring things for the class, cutting out decorations for the room, and organizing things I have bought, and making a list of things I need to buy. Busy, busy, as I am moving rooms again – 4 times in the past 4 years – plus moving grade levels!

  2. I just got back from the school. I am working on my walls and boards. At home I am making name tags and working on new projects for the kiddos.
    Last night was the fun fair.
    The rush is on.

  3. I have spent a great deal of my summer break working on curriculum, report card alignment with the CC Standards in parent friendly language and professional development. I find pd to be just what I need to energize myself for a new year! We start back in two weeks!

  4. What am I doing? I am doing what every other teacher is doing. I am trying to get all my classroom supplies at the cheapest prices possible. Today was Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, online Smilemakers and LTM the Education Place. Actually it was a good day. I got most everything, 144 pencils, 20 boxes of Crayola Crayons, 10 packs of Crayola Markers, 10 packs of Crayola Colored Pencils, 400 index cards 40 composition books, and 60 – 2 prong folders. Then the name tags, scissors, and the beat goes on, or is that and the list goes on.

  5. What am I doing to prepare for a successful year? I am brainstorming what ideas worked with fellow colleagues. I am price comparing items that I annually purchase when going back to school including sending postcards to each new student on my roster.
    I have been wanting to start a blog for awhile and was motivated to begin this Teacher Blog once school was out this summer. I will also go ahead and preprint my Letters to Parents which I would like to hand out at the Meet and Greet the day before school starts. I try to jump ahead so that I am not overwhelmed when school starts back.
    Last but not least, I try to finish at least one of my summer reads so that I have it to share when I begin Day 1 of teaching the First Twenty Days of School in Reading.

  6. I am shopping the back-to-school sales. I had $47.10 in rewards from Office Depot to spend by 7/31. I gathered up some bargins and some not bargins there. I cannot get into school for at least two more weeks. So I am planning at home.

  7. Shopping for bargains and setting up my classroom! Stumbled onto a cache of books for 1st-3rd grades at Goodwill-seemed to be a teacher’s whole library; in great condition and $0.65 each!!

  8. I am going to be teaching preschool this year. I am excited on getting the classroom decorated and getting all the supplies/materials together to begin the preschool year. I am looking for any info that may help me in setting up.

  9. This book seems like an interesting book to compare and contrast with First Day Jitters. I would develop other activities to make this another must read for my Back to School Library of books.

  10. Open House is Monday, so all this week I have been organizing, cleaning, laminating, etc. Why does there never seem to be enough time?

  11. This book Nona is Nervous, is a perfect book to add to my first days teaching first grade. They are so nervous about being away from their mommies.

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