Bulletin boards are great way to encourage community and school spirit. They can be educational, motivational, or just pure decoration. Either way, when the kids see something new they get excited (especially when their name or face is on it)!
It is no secret that teachers spend their own money on the little things to improve their classroom and student learning. For me, if I have an organized classroom I am better able to adapt to the various surprises in any given day. These are just a few ways The Dollar Tree helped me prepare for the school year.
Snack Pack Containers
These great two pack snack containers can be used for anything! In early August I was given a surprise when I went to pick up just a couple more, that they ended up being a three pack for $1!
You'd think these boxes were designed for our leveled readers! I scored these book bins in our three leveled colors. Before the books were in a wash basin, bound in rubber bands. The rubber bands kept snapping, the boxes squeezed the books in awkwardly, it just wasn't a fit. The only downfall of these bins is that we have a fourth reader series for building background and vocabulary support, but they didn't have a fourth color bin! If you have seen bins like this please let me know! They are the perfect fit for the books and my classroom, and at $1 each who can beat that?!
Small Group Instruction
Back to School or End of Year gift giving can be expensive. I love using the water bottles and my Cicut to personalize a quick and affordable gift. These water bottles were used as birthday gifts to my team members. I have also bought the tumblers to personalize at the end of the year for students in my classroom.
Where did summer go? If you are anything like me, it was spent on Pinterest, Amazon, and at the local teacher store (maybe a little Netflix time too). Throughout summer I found great sales and ideas to change things up in my 5th grade classroom for the 2016-2017 school year. A decorated classroom does not equal quality education, but taking pride in your environment is an important step within a classroom community.
Current 5th grade teacher and former middle school educator trying to be techy, Reading Specialist, Science Coordinator, Student Government Coordinator, life long learner, and avid reader