I worked in my classroom for a little bit yesterday to purge my paper mountain... things that haven't been used or touched in about five years. I finally stopped asking myself, "What if I need x, y, or z?", and instead I had the "If I am even wondering, that's a NO" philosophy. I pitched a TON! That's always a great feeling! I have so much room in my file cabinets now, but seriously, organizing files is zero percent fun. Can we all agree?!
Before I made the thirty-minute drive to my school, I popped into Target to check out the Dollar Spot. I found great stuff! I have to share! I have a somewhat tropical theme in my classroom that could easily lend itself to the jungle motif, so I was beyond excited when I saw these little rugs for $2.50! I picked up a few of them to use during Read to Self. (How great are these for kids that have trouble staying in one spot? Well, now they have a tangible spot to call their own and sit on!) I bought a few more storage containers. You can never own enough tubs, buckets or boxes as a teacher.
My favorite buy were these three little mini-trashcans I found. I bought a monkey, an elephant, and giraffe. I am turning them into Sound Snackers! Instead of giving students words to sort, I am going to have them add words to the Sound Snackers when we go on word hunts. They'll write on Post-Its to feed the animals, and then if the word fits the rule we were looking for, we'll add it to the anchor chart. I let my kiddos have ownership of our posters, but sometimes there are scribbles and words scratched out when they realize there's a mistake. It sometimes makes me crazy looking at it, so this should be a happy solution for all of us! I only have a picture of the monkey at the moment, but I promise to post the set soon!
Super Sleuth kit.
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