Using Dollar Store Deals in the Classroom

My name is Carla, and I have an addiction to buying things for my classroom.  Well, at least they only cost a dollar, right??  Tonight, I am joining Bridget's linky party at Literacy without Worksheets titled "Dollar Store Deals".  It is a fantastic idea because let's face it, we need to extend each dollar we make these days.  Plus, there are amazing items at our local Dollar Tree that can be repurposed in so many creative ways to help improve what we have to offer our students. Now, on to my purchases and their purpose... 

Item #1 is normally used to make omelets in the microwave...not in my classroom.  It will now hold the old Scrabble letters I picked up and will become a word building center this fall.  If you don't have Scrabble letters, you could make your own letter tiles with the 1 inch tiles from Lowe's or Home Depot.  

Item #2 will become a visual aid when we work on paragraph formation.  These "Sandwich" drink coasters are made of cardstock, but wouldn't they work well for a center for creating a how to paragraph or to go with a sandwich graphic organizer from here.  I think I will return for additional sets!

Item #3 is going to support my behavior plan.  I found these two part raffle tickets in the party section.  The price was right for "Caught Being Good".  Even upper elementary students love to pick from the prize box!

Item #4 will help my students stay better organized and *protect my books*.  I send home a book each night with my students for independent reading.  I also use the log to keep my parents informed on how things are going.  As I check them, I just jot a quick note.  Sometimes, it's just a smiley face, but my parents appreciate knowing how the children are doing with their AR points/goals and in class.  If you need a reading log or would like mine, here's the file.

Finally, (drum roll...) item #5 is wood-grained contact paper for my bulletin board (I'll leave the backing on it),  lots of jungle themed cut-outs, and tropical bird mobiles to hang from the ceiling of my room.  Yep, it's going to be a jungle in my room this year.  I already had leopard print beanbag chairs for my reading nook, so why not take the theme to the next level.  

I definitely enjoyed this linky party.  Thanks Bridget for the wonderful idea!  Now, I hope my fellow teacher bloggers will run out and visit the nearest Dollar Tree to see how he/she might repurpose or use the great things we can get for just a little and share it on his/her blog too.  


  1. Great ideas! I am always looking for something cheap and crafty to make for my classroom.

    Sixth Grade Tales

    1. I was so excited about the little sandwich coaster pieces...perfect for putting together a paragraph. I am seriously going to go back and get the rest. I'm envisioning a collaborative paragraph lesson with them. Anyway, you never know what you'll find! Thanks for stopping by.


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