It’s time for another fun filled, glitterific, Greg-tacular Thrifty Thursday project.    Who doesn’t love the Dollar Tree?!  I mean everything is $1.  And they have so many amazing things for your classroom.  It really is like teacher heaven.
And who doesn’t love summer when you can stay up late pinning ideas for your classroom?!  Combine the two…late night pinning and the dollar tree and you get some pretty awesome classroom tools.
Today’s Thrifty Thursday idea comes from my Heidi at Heidi Songs.
If you’re not following Heidi you need to click that picture and do it now.  She is AMAZING and has the most incredible ideas on her blog and her Pinterest boards are….well…insanely awesome.  I mean, glitteriffic!
So Heidi pinned this wonderful idea for using pool noodles to build color words.  GENIUS!  She really is….
I loved the idea and knew I just had to do it.   I decided to use sight words instead of color words.  The possibilities are endless.  Sight words, names, color words, counting and sets, equations…so many possibilities!
Total cost for this project:  $0.   I had pool noodles in the garage.  I had card stock.  I had markers.  Zero dollars.  Who doesn’t love zero?!?!
I cut the pool noodle into 12″ and then sliced in half.  Heidi has amazing directions for this project on her blog!

And here’s a free set of 30 word cards for you to use!  Just click the picture to download your freebie!

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Hello Thrifty Thursday.  I seem to be on a ten frame kick with my Thrifty Thursday posts!  Last week was 3D ten frames and today is cookie sheet ten frames.  Can you tell that we love ten frames in our class?!?!  I mean…they’re fun and engaging and so useful.  So let’s get started.

Materials:  cookie sheet, gems, magnets, glue, marker, ruler, Washi tape (optional…I used rainbow duct tape that was already in my office!)
All of these things cost $1 each at Dollar Tree.  The gems are the class stones that go in the bottom of the vase and can be found in the candle area.  The magnets are just circle magnets and are found in the craft area.  The cookie sheet is a cookie sheet found in the kitchen area.  hehe  
Step 1:  measure.
I measured the cookie sheet to be about 13 inches.  So I divided that by five to get 2.6.  I marked my lines at 2.5 inches.  
I measured the width to be 9 inches so I made that line at 4.5 inches. 
Step 2:  draw the lines
I used a Sharpie to draw my lines to make the ten frame.

Now, you can leave the Sharpie lines and have a perfectly usable and easy ten frame.  But I like lots of color in my life so I used my rainbow tape to make the lines.
Step 3:  make your magnetic gems
I used a drop of E6000 glue and glued the gems to the magnets.  BAM!  Easy as pie.  MMMM Pie.  Peanut butter pie.  (Since I’ll be down for the count with my knee surgery on July 17th, can I just put our a request for peanut butter pie?!  Please and thanks.  And yellow cake with chocolate icing…and chocolate cake…and brownies….mmmmm brownies…)
Now, you can simply use the gems without magnets.  But I like the magnets because they keep the gems in place.  More manageable and makes for easy storage.  The gems just stick to the ten frame!  BAM!
And that my friends, is how you make a simple, thrifty magnetic ten frame!   I can’t wait to use these in my guided math lessons and centers.  And even for whole group lessons, these would make a great visual.  These will be great for addition and subtraction too!  Look at that…cheap and useful all year long!
Total cost:  $3.  

I added an extra magnet on the top to hold the number cards….genius, right?!
I made these super cute superhero number cards to use with our ten frames.   Can I just say how much I have missed creating resources?!?!  Seriously.  All of my time has been spent on my presentations on Vegas.  I have a list of 30 creations to make this summer.  I guess I know what I’ll be doing after knee surgery!  (Any requests for creations…let me know!)
Anyway, click on the picture to get your free set of number cards.
And can I just say, my new color laser printer is EPIC!  Everyone needs one those printers!

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Happy Thursday….or the continuing 2 month weekend.  I made this comment to the mister last night and he was less than pleased about my 2 month weekend!  But I am working and being productive on my long long long long weekend.

OK…what teacher doesn’t love the Dollar Tree?!  (Even after my unfortunate incident last month with the employee who was so rude and hateful to me that I found a manager and let her know all about it…then I let the corporate office know about it…and now I’m telling you.  She was MEAN.  She didn’t speak to me except to yell at me when the credit card machine was asking me a question….just sayin…)

But seriously…The Dollar Tree is like teacher nirvana.  You can seriously rock out a classroom just by shopping in that store.  And not to mention do some serious damage to your credit card.  It’s a good thing they don’t have a website with one click purchasing like Amazon.

So, my Thrifty Thursday posts this summer will be all about how to use amazing finds from the Dollar Tree in your classroom.  Today’s post features the plastic shot glasses that you can get during the summer.  You get 24 cups for $1.  I’ve always wanted to use them in my classroom but never figured it out.  Until now.  (I also used them with my new DIY light box/light table!  Click HERE to see that post!)

That’s right.  3-D (3-Dimensional Ten Frames!) using plastic cups from the Dollar Tree.
You will need:  plastic shot glasses, black foam board, E-6000 glue, measuring tool, tape and scissors.
The foam board and glue came from Wal-Mart.  They were less than $10 and can be used over and over again.

Step 1:  Measure.  I made each board 9 inches by 4 inches.  I played around with placing cups on the board until I found a look that I liked and I measured based on that.
Cut the board.
Tape the edges.  This isn’t necessary but it looks nicer…

Glue.  I put a small circle of E-6000 glue around the bottom of the cup.
Glue to the board. 
BAM!  3D ten frames!  
I am super stoked about these.  For about $10 you can make a class set of these.  I am thinking these will be great at the beginning of the year when we’re learning numbers and counting to 10.  It will be so easy to see who’s getting it and who isn’t.  And later in the year when we hit teen numbers….and making 10…and small group math….Seriously…so many uses for very few dollars!  I mean you give them number cards and a recording sheet…and you have a math center!!!  BAM!
I used straws for counters becuase that’s what was lying around in my office.  But I’m thinking pom poms would be PERFECT for this.  I think ping pong balls would be awesome too…but I can see those going all over the room.  Pom-Poms, straws, craft sticks….so many things can be counters!  
And you combine two of the ten frames to have a twenty frame for numbers to 20!!!!!
Thoughts?  Will you try it?  
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Before I go…I have to share my new addition to my office!
I love my new banners!

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  • Reply Kay Sommer June 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks Greg – for hosting your fun summer linkys and for the freebie! I saw this pin a few days ago and I like your sight word twist on it!

    Kay @ Sommer Pride

  • Reply Melissa Spriggs June 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I have been looking for more ways to help my kiddos learn sight words and this is amazing! Thank you!!!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

  • Reply Linda Griffin June 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the free pool noodle words.I love the words with the writing paper template.Do you have that for sell?

  • Reply ronnie June 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply Shawna George June 28, 2014 at 2:22 am

    You are AWESOME! Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Thank you for sharing!

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