Friday, July 31, 2015

July Big Lots Finds

1. Food Containers

2. Crates

3. Speakers
I got this for my room so I can plug my teacher iPad or iPod into it and play some of our transition songs when we are on the other side of the room and I am not by my computer. It was $10 and it pretty loud. They had solid and patterned speakers. I can't wait to start using it this year!

4. Glue Sticks
At a pack of 15 glue sticks for just a couple bucks, you can't go wrong! We go through these things sooo fast! 

5. Small Trash Cans
I use these small trash cans as recycling cans in our room. They stay in the closet until we talk about littering and recycling (which is around the third week of school) and then stay out for the rest of the year. During our recycling unit, we play a fun little game where the kids race in teams to sort the recycling into the correct bin. You can find picture of the kids playing the game on my class blog, Ms. Molix's Class.

I like these trash cans because they are the same can, but in different colors. I label each can, but it still makes it a lot easier for the kids to tell the difference.

Happy shopping!

July Target Finds!

1. Garment Rack
I haven't had a pocket chart stand the past few year, so instead of having my school order one for me, I bought a garment rack to use instead! It's pretty much the same thing and costs a lot less. I paid $15 for this one and it works just fine!

2. Double Sided Landscape Dry Erase Boards & 3.Double Sided Portrait Dry Erase Boards
These are some of the best things ever for writing time! I had 5 of them from a couple years ago, but you can never have too many dry erase boards ... especially when they have lines! I have used these boards as a modification for students who are struggling with writing on the lines and they are perfect!

4. Large School Box
This is for me, and only me. I need a school box, too! But I like to put a little bit of everything in mine so it's as convenient as possible. This giant school box is currently holding a pack of colored pencils, a pack of crayons, a set of markers, 2 large glue sticks, a bottle of glue and on the very bottom a set of watercolors. I LOVE it.

5. Storage Containers
Remember how I said in Dollar Tree finds I was really wanting to get organized? Well, Target is selling these babies in a pack of 3 for $2.99. So they're basically $1 each. I have 12 of them. 6 clear, 6 turquoise. I still need to get the labels I made for them printed off, but they are holding so much stuff! And the best part is, it's MUCH easier to find what I am looking for.

6. Mini Pocket Charts
I've been seeing ideas for mini pocket chart stands all over the internet this summer, so I made a couple different sizes. These pocket charts are small enough to fit in the mini pocket chart stand and long enough for students to play games on them in centers. I got them in Target's $1 and $3 Spot for $1 each! The only color I have seen them in is orange.

Happy shopping!

July Dollar Tree Finds!

This summer seemed to go by so fast! I think it goes quicker every year. While I was in Rowlett this summer visiting my family, I frequented The Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Target and plenty of other blogs. I found so many cute things for my classroom that I just had to share them!

1. Plastic Snack Containers
The Dollar Tree in Rowlett (about 20 miles outside of Dallas) had these cute little containers! They were in a 2 pack and in colors pink, blue, green and orange. I got 3 packs to use in my math center to store some magnetic numbers I got at Target in their $1 and $3 section up front.

They didn't have the blue containers the first time I went, so I just got the other 3 colors. I only needed 5 to make one group so I'll have to find a home for my lonesome green container. That shouldn't be too hard! 

Labels are on! I'm debating whether or not I want the last container to be orange or pink. I went and bought more, but all Lubbock had was orange.

2. Cookie Sheets and Pizza Pans
I have an oil drip pan in my room that I use as a magnet board for small groups, but the kids all want to play with it and don't have enough room to crowd around. My solution ... cookie sheets! How I've been left out of the dark for so long, I have no clue! Julie over at Make, Take & Teach has a few awesome cookie sheet activity packs to use with these.

Click here to see her Cookie Sheet Activities

I got five of these 9x13 cookie sheets for the kids to use during small group or free center time. I'm planning on (if I have time before school starts) spray painting the cookie sheets to match the containers holding the magnetic numbers. We'll see if that happens or not.

For my pizza pan, I'm going to make a note station by the entrance to my classroom to hold tardy slips, changes to getting home and notes that are delivered throughout the day. For this one, I'm going to mod podge some scrapbook paper onto the front, then section off the 3 areas I want with labels.

3. Pool Noodles & 4. Plastic Storage Baskets

You can use pool noodles for so many different things! Mine are being used in a literacy center this year to practice ordering the alphabet, spelling names and making words. It was a super easy activity to make. Head over to my Classroom DIY page or click here to see how I did it with the numbers set. It literally took less than 30 minutes to make both sets. 

5. Dry Erase Baskets
I got three of these dry erase baskets to use for storage. I love finding storage items! They will be a books hospital (I thought that was such a cute idea when I saw it), iPad storage, and headphone storage.

I whipped up these cute little labels this summer for the front of each bucket so the kids don't forget what goes where.

6. 2-Tiered Mini Drawers
I haven't seen these in Clovis or Lubbock, but they had a few different colors in Rowlett. The orange one on the top is holding marbles and the green one on the bottom is holding dice. When the kids need either for a center, I'm just going to pull the drawers out for their table. Best part is they hold a good amount, but don't take up too much room!

7. Mini Storage
One of my goals this year is to be super organized! To help with that, I have been buying lots and lots of storage. The Dollar Tree in Clovis had these mini storage crates that link together and these small baskets that I am using in my drawers instead of shoving things all over the place. 

8. Expandable Coupon Organizer

9. Plastic File Bag

10. Recycling Activity Kit

11. Timers

12. Cupcake Pans
I've seen these used to hold cups that have art supplies, as a toss game (to toss objects into, not the pans!), and to use a sorting pans. But my favorite thing I have seen them used for is as paint trays, and that's what I'm using these for! I bought one for each table and 6 colors is plenty for the kids to have in each group. If I get busy and forget to wash them, that's the only thing we are using them for and they were only $1!

Happy shopping!