I had a few hours to kill the other day, and when you’re a teacher, what better way to kill time is there than wandering through the Dollar Tree. Every time I visit, the wheels turn for DIY projects or for ways I can repurpose those golden gems I find. As I wandered Thursday, I did get a great collection of ideas, and I believe most Dollar Tree stores carry similar inventory. So if you have a store near you, read on for ways you can use a few of the things I found.
Likewise, the rectangular lunch sized storage containers work really well for my Close Reading Kits. I keep them at my guided reading table for use in small groups. I put in each container-sticky notes, multi-colored highlighters, pencils, erasers, and cards with the symbols we use for close reading.
I also was excited to find a plastic craft box which would work perfectly for phoneme cards that you can use for building words in small group. Having students make real and nonsense words is a great way to work on phonics rules.