I love dollar stores. If you’re a teacher reading this, you’re thinking, “DUH! Don’t we all!?” But this is my blog and not yours. ;)
Today I’m featuring TWO good finds, the first of which is an idea I came up with last year when I was teaching the concept of time. I wanted a more active and fun activity to do with my math small groups, and this idea popped into my head.
I bought a dollar store shower curtain liner and freehanded a large clock (no clock hands) with a Sharpie marker. Then, I had my students lie on the “mat” and use their arms/legs to show me a certain time. They had a BLAST doing this, and the shower curtain has lasted the last two years with no tears- even with the kiddos wearing shoes!
|Here's one of my sweet girls showing 12:30. I once was that flexible...|
To adapt it for math centers, I created large hands out of construction paper that they can place on the clock to show the time (my class is a little wild and I didn’t think that letting them use their arms/hands would be as successful without me there to keep them on task). Then I wrote digital times on an index card so that they could draw a card out and show the time on the clock mat.
My kids ask to play it every day now and it only cost me $1 to make! I can just see a pre-made clock mat like that retailing for $20+ at one of those teacher supply stores. I love cheating the system!
I’m sure there are other great things to make for the classroom with a cheap shower curtain. I’m picturing something Twister-esque. I'm anxious to hear if any of you have any ideas for repurposing shower curtains in the classroom!
The 2nd idea is a little bonus addition because I found these puppies today! I was at Dollar General (which in our small Arkansas town, we happen to have FOUR of these!). I was checking out when I saw a clearance basket so I sifted through the items.
|I found these little desk calendars, assorted colors. Originally $1 but clearanced at 90% off!!!!|
That's $.10 people! So I had this idea... I bought 6, for a whopping total of $.60. I took them to my classroom and cut them into two sides, separating the numbers from the calendars.
I realized that the numbers on the left would only have the numbers 0, 1, 2, and 3 in the tens place since they corresponded to the calendar dates, so I bent the bindings on 3 of them, and removed the numbers from the once place to replace the numbers in the tens place on the other. That sounds very confusing, so I hope this ends up making sense. Regardless, I ended up with 0-9 in the tens place and 0-9 in the ones place. So I bent the bindings back in place and ended up with 3 cute little flip charts to use for place value in a math center! Plus, I have 6 adorable little flip-chart calendars that I can use to create a calendar concepts game for a math center as well!
|Check out these little cuties! Too bad they're all in super girly colors, but they'll make fun additions to my math centers!|
Well, tomorrow is FRIDAY and just so happens to be a triple whammie: Friday....pay day....Spring Break Eve!!!!!! Yeeeeeeeeehawwwwwwwwww! I'm just a tiny bit excited. I hope you all have a fanTAStic weekend and are getting to enjoy some sunshine like we are here! I'd love to hear your latest thrifty finds, so leave some blog love to share! Tah-tah!