For my students' end of year gift, I want to do something special for them but also don't want to break the bank. These cups came in a package of four from the dollar store (4/$1). Then I spent some time with my Cricut to personalize the cup for them. Inside they found a pair of sunglasses to help them 'stay cool this summer'. It doesn't take much to make a child's day!
What is Valentine's Day when it comes to the classroom? For me it is a community building opportunity to notice the things we love about our school and classroom and the people we share it with.
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.
Target Dollar spot had some great teacher finds this summer, however by the time most teachers are looking the best treasures are gone. I will certainly keep my eyes peeled next summer since the early bird gets the worm.
I was able to get my hands on this great pencil banner, for just $3!
My 5th grade team has three teachers that are new to our team, I thought it would be a great way to surprise and welcome them to the team. I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut their names out on brown vinyl (I used the Cricut Font Chloe). Then, instead of using the pencils along the intended banner, I used ribbon to make each pencil a door hanger.
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