Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Friday Five....Back To School Prepping!

If you follow me on my FB you probably remember the cart full of stuff I bought at the Dollar Tree. Well, I decided to cross off a few Pinterest inspired projects off of my list....and my list is really way too long to be honest. It could take me until next school year to make everything. I get a little crazy pinning!


The first project I marked off my list is this one. I've seen it around quite a bit with variations of how it's made. I'm calling mine "In & Out Attendance". The cookie sheet was only $1 too! I am not the craftiest, but I made do with my daughter's pink duct tape and some green Elmer's Masking Tape with flowers on it. It's hard to see the flowers in the picture though. This tape is similar to Washi Tape. I bought the magnets at Big Lots and wrote numbers on them with a Sharpie. I even made one for myself...Notice I am in the Bathroom. Ha! I'll hang it with ribbon on a Command Hook. Those work great even on the block walls at my school and they don't take off the paint. :)

Here are some other cute boards that inspired me to do this.
Next are my fun finds at the Dollar Tree! I am team leader again this year, and I wanted to do something PERSONAL. So I bought these adorable composition books, a few sheets of scrapbook paper, stick on letters, and made them for my team. Each letter is their first name. We do have one guy on the team and I figured he didn't want the bling. His is a bit more basic but still cute. I can't wait to give these out on the first day of preplanning.

 To make learning a little more personal, I wanted to do something different for multiplication this year. Do you remember back in the 80's when "Friendship Beads" were popular. We use to trade beads and make them to give to friends all the time. I remember having tons of them hanging on my shoe lace and/or backpack. Well, that inspired me to do something similar for multiplication facts. Each student will get one LARGE safety pin at the beginning of the year. Each time they pass they times tables such as the 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's and so on they get to pick out bead to place on their safety pin. You can fit 9 beads if you use the little star shaped ones. They can show these off on the backpack or their shoe lace. Once they fill it up, it doesn't stop there. I've already thought about those kids that zip through the facts quickly. They'll be able to earn another safety pin, but this time the amount of time will be reduced making it more challenging to earn one. They'll earn gold colored beads for the second time.

Did I say I love the Dollar Tree?  I found these cute little cones with sayings on them to reward students when they are doing awesome! I thought these would be great to use when they are in cooperative groups, individuals to just had that "aha" moment. I want to make things more personal so putting these on a student's desk to motivate will be fun!
This isn't really so much personal for the kids, but I can't wait to use these for multiplication. I have a Hawaiian themed classroom this year and these multiplication surfboards are perfect. I ordered them from Really Good Stuff. I'm so glad my teammie alerted me to these! They are self stick to any wall and come off it says. We'll see right?

Stay tuned because I'm still not done. I plan to go up to my classroom next week to begin setting up. I'll be posting pictures of my new theme, set up, and organization too. :)
Credit to Jennifer Jones from Hello Literacy for the adorable font on the pictures and MooandPuppy for the background!


  1. The personalized composition books look great! I've actually been waiting to see this post because I am a HUGE Dollar Tree fan! I love your cone idea, too. I saw them and thought they were adorable, but couldn't think of a way to use them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm so glad! My daughter said her middle school teacher used these cones all the time when they played games. The student that got a question right first got a cone on their desk. Then at the end of the game the students that had the most got candy. I love that!

  2. Funny! I have two orange cones that I use in my classroom. I actually have them on my "Things to blog about" list. When a student gives an "Awesome Answer" they get to display the cone on their desk until our next "Awesome Answer" is given.

    Renee J
    Growing a Teacher

  3. I bought the behavior cones as well! I saw the dice but forgot to grab them :( lol

  4. LOVE all your ideas! I'll be going to Dollar Tree tomorrow...and to Hobby Lobby to get the makings for the beaded pins! My second graders will love earning beads for their addition and subtraction facts!

  5. Great ideas! I love the personalized notebooks - so unique.

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