Snack Pack Containers
My students often don't have the school supplies they need, let alone coloring supplies. This year I bought each of my students a box of 24 Crayola Crayons ($0.50 each at Staples and Target). The snack container fits a pack of crayons perfectly! I attached an Avery Label to the lid to identify the owner and reuse the containers the following year.
Teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies for the classroom. Teachers will save a little money if those supplies stick around just a bit longer. I use duct tape to mark pens, pencils, markers, and just about anything else that it will stick to so students remember to put the item back when they are done borrowing it.
Small Group Instruction
In my classroom I utilize a lot of differentiated instruction in order to pull small groups for both math and reading. One of our class rules is "Keep teacher time special". While I'm working with a group of students, if someone has a question they "ask 3 before me" using their "6inch voices". Sometimes students just need a little reminder about this rule, so I made this I'm invisible light, students see it and immediately remember the taught expectation. The light was, of course, from the dollar store and I used vinyl to attach the letters.