When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn’t possibly ever go without! It might be that favorite stapler, the perfect book, or an amazing resource! I know, I know. I just posted about Supplies I Can’t Live Without but I wanted to join my peeps from Upper Elementary Snapshots where we will all share our classroom Must-Haves supply, book, and resource. There are so many things I can’t “Picture” myself teaching without, so it was a no-brainer for me to share more! Plus, be sure to check out how to collect Must-Have freebies from each of us!

1. Classroom Must Haves: Supply

This cascading wall organizer is great to place weekly work (each day of the week) or students’ writing work to go along with the writing process! There are 6 colorful folders- perfect for the following writing steps.

  1. Prewriting
  2. Rough Draft
  3. Revise
  4. Edit
  5. Peer Reflections
  6. Final Copy

At the end of each writing block, have students place their papers in the correct folder! Each folder is removable! You will have quick access to see who needs help and you can take the final copy folder home to grade! I also like to match up partners for the next day for peer reflections so this is perfect to know who is ready for that step!


  • Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space
  • Six cascading pockets are removable to make document access easy
  • Elastic cord closure for secure and easy transport
  • Colored pockets each hold 25 sheets
  • Convenient loop on top for easy hanging
  • Durable poly material is tear proof and water resistant.
  • Acid free, PVC free and archival quality

2. Classroom Must Haves: Book

A few moons ago, I met an intriguing man, Mychal Wynn. He shared a story, The Eagles who Thought They were Chickens. which was related to bullying. I took it home with me and immediately started planning how I would use it in my class. I read this story EVERY year and we would discuss how people need to soar throughout their lives and realize they have the potential to reach their dreams. Then I had students write a narrative story of a person who changes from having bully behaviors to being kind and compassionate. Describe the bully behaviors, the event or action that made the bully change, and the effects of the change.



Description: An African folktale chronicling the birth of eagles in a chicken yard. Separated from their homeland, unknowing their historical past, and ridiculed for their differences they struggle with their sense of self-identify until they are encouraged and inspired by another eagle. This inspiring story of self-identify and self-discovery provides a strategy to reduce bullying, eliminate disruptive behaviors, and challenge students to affirm their potential and pursue their dreams.

*For more must-have books check out my mentor text blog category or my Amazon list.

3. Classroom Must Haves: Resource

I could NOT live without an Interactive Writing Notebook. STUDENTS LOVE IT and are motivated to write! It turns reluctant writers into ROCKSTAR WRITERS®. Then they get to have a comprehensive resource of notes to guide them in writing in the future!

Learn more about it by clicking a COMPLETE STEP-BY-STEP WRITING WORKSHOP program with interactive notebook pages. It is specifically designed for teachers to follow through the WRITING PROCESS with already prepped, scripted, and modeled lessons. Every lesson builds upon the previous skill within one piece of writing, which give students a thorough understanding of how to put a quality piece of writing together.


★ Anchor charts WITH STANDARDS great for smart board or printed for posters
★ Interactive Pages to go along with each mini lesson. (Differentiated versions)
★ Writing Workshop scripted lessons and plans with explicit teaching
★ Independent practice and task cards
★ Model writing
★ Assessments
★ Student Resource pages to place in notebooks
★ Graphic organizers
★ Tracking charts and Forms
★ Rubrics
★ Homework assignments AND MORE!


4. Classroom Must Haves: Free Resource

Last, I couldn’t live without GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS. Here is a free resource for your classroom. Use these graphic organizers to help your students organize their writing!

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10 Free Graphic Organizers. There are some for paragraph writing and essay writing.

Keep rockin’ it!



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After you’ve downloaded my free graphic organizers be sure to visit each of the blogs below to add 12 more FREE RESOURCES to your own collection of things you can’t picture yourself teaching without. Each person offers one free resource. Afterwards swing by our collaborative blog, Upper Elementary Snapshots for lots of great content and ideas you can put into practice in your own classrooms!