KinderGals: Teachers Gone Wild: Dollar Store Style!

## Saturday, March 9, 2013

### Teachers Gone Wild: Dollar Store Style!

What teacher can pass up a good deal at a Dollar Store? So while I was working in Louisiana, these teachers wanted to take a field trip to the Dollar Tree. Look to see what we found!

So while I was  in Baton Rouge for Destination Common Core, some of the teachers invited me to tag along on their Dollar Store Trip! Oh my word!  Now if you know me, you know that I couldn’t have been happier! It is like my all time favorite place to shop! It was a wild and crazy time! I think we filled about 5 carts full of things. While shopping we ran into a veteran teacher who spotted us as teachers right away. The lovely lady in the lower right hand corner taught school for 45 years! Yep…you heard me…45 years! And she lived to tell about it…
Here are some of the things we bought….

Here’s how to play Easter Bowling. Fill an Easter Egg with sand and hot glue it closed. Then, invite the children to stand up the pins and roll the egg to see how many they can knock down. You can use this for number combinations or for subtraction.

Here are some more “math” finds! With the pill box, use a saw and remove the Friday and Saturday sections. Now remove the large blue letters with nail polish remover. Inside of each section add a two sided counter and seal closed. Invite the children to shake the “fives frame” and record the number combination.
The stickers are used to make addition sentences, story problems, or number combinations.

For language arts here are some of our finds:
The drink stirrers make great pointers.
Add magnetic letters inside of the magnetic cookie tin for making words.
The plastic party favors are great to use for word frames.

More reading ideas: Use an exacto-knife to cut a hole in the frog’s and cub’s mouth. Invite the children to feed them og or ub words.
Use the carrots to make cvc words. on the top of the carrot, around the edge, write various onset letters. Then, on the bottom half write the rime. Have children twist the egg to line up an onset with the rime. Now, write the word.
Use the cars to segment phonemes. Make a “3 space” parking lot. Have children park the cars in the spots as they segment the phonemes of a 3 phoneme word. This is like sound boxes.
Use the photo frames to stretch out words. Place a small toy or word card in the frame part. Now use the dry erase pen to write the word where the message goes.

Amanda said...

I love the dollar store {but really what teacher doesn't??}. I haven't been to it in awhile, but this post makes me what to go run over there today! I think I will now. Thanks for sharing your great finds and ideas on how to use them in the classroom! :)

Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

Mrs. McHaffie said...

First of all, the title of your post is THE BEST EVER!!! What an attention grabber! :)
Secondly, I am now grabbing my purse and on my way to the Dollar Tree! You are dollar store GENIUS!

Love it!
Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal

Bridget S said...

Thank you for the great ideas!! Our \$1 store isn't very good! You have given me great ideas. I never thought about the pill box!!!!
Bridget
Literacy Without Worksheets

Jessica Fredrickson said...

I LOVE all your finds! What a great idea with the pill box. I need to blog about my Dollar Store finds too, I just went this weekend and went a little crazy! :)

~Jessica
Fun in PreK-1

Kimberly Elam said...

Now I'm motivated to get to my Dollar Store! I hope they're open late! Thanks for the creative and fun ideas!

I love it too!
Kim

amanda said...

Thank you Kim!! I loved the conference and took away many great ideas to try in the classroom! We had so much fun shopping with you as well - maybe too much fun!

Mrs. Saoud said...

You really are a dollar store diva! Love the post!!!

Cheryl

Buggy In Kindergarten said...

I just wrote a post about my latest Dollar Tree find/idea. You should go check it out! It's math related and I'm in love with it!

Crystal Shepherd said...

I want to go to the dollar store with you. I will never look at some of these things the same again.

Kathy Griffin said...

I agree with everyone above. You definitely are a Dollar Store Diva. You know what I always say when I am at the Dollar Tree. WWKB - What would Kim buy?" :-)

Miss Squirrels said...

I get in trouble no matter where i go- he doesn't mind the dollar bin at target, at least it ends!!!!
Ya'll have some great finds
Squirrels
Going Nutty!
misssquirrels@yahoo.com

Kim Gierahn said...

Wow! Impressive.. I could have walked past most of those items and never thought of this many ideas! Thanks.

Ari and Ashlie said...

Love this post! My favorite item this season has been the coloring bins! (pink, blue, yellow, green). I totally reorganized my library with these bins!

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