The Dollar Store, aka Teacher Store, is the first place I visit to find unique tools for guided reading and literacy stations. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the ways I’ve used some of the items I’ve snagged.
Can you tell what this container is for? 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.
Do your students use the hamburger model for paragraph formation? These cute condiment coasters will become my visual aids 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! In addition to raffle tickets for behavior, I’ve found quite a few great classroom management tools in the teacher aisle. I love passing out compliment cones subtly when I’m observing my kids work.
TAKE HOME BAGS
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