Friday, June 20, 2014

"Thrifty Thursday" on Friday

I'm linking up with Mr. Greg for "Thrifty Thursday" on Friday. ; )
I, along with most teachers, LOVE Dollar Tree!
Since everything is only $1, I always end up spending MORE than planned.
When it's ONLY $1, it's easy for me to justify my NEED for the items.
Here's what I found at Dollar Tree this week:

These small containers are PERFECT for small decks of cards.
Cardboard boxes are hard for kinders to open.
They rip. They tear. Then, they look ugly.
And I am OCD.
I love how neat they look in these containers.
They come 2 for $1. So, I bought 4 packs.
Total spent: $4 for 8
I think I need more!!!
Next, I found these.
They are Reusable Dry-Erase Pockets!
They come with a multiplication or clock sheet in them.
Of course, I would not use those in kindergarten.
However, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!
I love using these in my classroom.
I bought 5 for $5, but it was all they had at the time.
I may need more of these, too!
Lastly, I spotted these ocean animal paper cutouts.
8 paper cutouts for $1!!!
I love Marsha McGuire's I SPY activities, and my kinders do, too!
(If you haven't seen them, check her out at )
So, what am I going to do with the ocean animals?
Make my own I SPY activities!
To make:
Take a fine Sharpie and write (REALLY SMALL)
CVC words, CVCe words, blends, etc.
all over the ocean animals.
Laminate the paper cutouts.
You're DONE!
Students will take a magnifying glass and find the words.
I have created a Recording Sheet for this activity.
Students will write the words they find and draw a picture of each word.
Then, they will write a sentence using a word they found.

You can get the Recording Sheet for FREE here:
That's all for today!
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  1. I love the idea for the small containers. I have some in my cabinet right now, and I am going to have to go buy some more. I am from Tennessee, too. Make sure to join Bloglovin so I can follow you on there. :)

  2. What a great idea!!! I'm going to try this!

  3. I LOVE those dry erase pockets. Saves on paper! I am going out to look for some RIGHT now!

  4. I just bought some of those containers for my classroom the other day. Great minds think alike!


  5. I just bought some of those small containers also. I plan on using them for crayon boxes and small glue sponges. I like the idea of cards also. I may need to get some more.

  6. I found those little boxes last year and keep cards in them. I bought some this year and am going to make glue sponges with them