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Meeting Area Supplies

Penny Pencil Cases

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I found pencil cases on sale for $.01 at Staples today. I decided to buy them so that the kids could have everything they need for minilessons with them at the meeting area. (In the past, kids always had to search for pencils or pens prior to the minilesson… now they can just grab their case and come to the rug faster.)

Just wanted to share since I think the sale is on for the rest of the week.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

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  1. Cathy:

    Here’s what will most likely go inside of them:
    1. Two mechanical pencils
    2. Two pens (one red and one black)
    3. A gum eraser

    And MAYBE a small pack of Kleenex so they don’t have to get up if they sneeze while on the rug. Still mulling that one over.

    I think that’s it.

    My best,


  2. Woo hoo! I am headed to Staples today! I am so excited! What a great idea!!! Do you only have them keep pencils in there? I thought I might also have them keep their dry erase markers in there too so when we use our white boards in the meeting area, they would have them…This is what I needed to help jump start my enthusiasm for the next year’s class. I truly loved last years and feel a little down with starting all over…knowing how far my class came last year. But that’s what teaching is all about. I’m actually interested to see if what occurred last year will happen again to see if it was just that class or if it was because of the community we built and established together.


  3. swwwwwwwwwweet!

    i have a $50 staples gift card i’ve been holding on to, and was planning to go this week anyhow. thanks for the tip!

    on a related note, walmart has spiral 1-subject notebooks for $.05–not that i prefer to sell my soul to the devil, but sometimes it is necessary.


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