As I was traveling for the entire past month (33 days away from my bed!) I had to watch from the sidelines as everyone nabbed deals left and right. But now I'm home and I get to seek out the deals that everyone has been boasting about finding! Today I browsed the dollar bins of Target and found a few worthy buys.
Top Left: Scissor Bin. Teaching geometry results in a good amount of cutting out shapes. Last year I got a couple diner style baskets for scissors and protractors but the scissors would be easier to grab standing up. Now there's a free basket for something else, like the markers.
Top Right: Dry erase markers and pom poms. In a few #made4math posts (starting here) people attached pom-poms to dry erase markers so kids would have built in erasers. I'm planning to give everyone a page protector with a piece of graph paper inside. Hopefully we'll use them throughout the year to do a variety of things and I'll get to try some of the white boarding activities I hear so much about.
Bottom Right: Since many of my students forget pencils, I supply golf pencils. The kids hate that they are short; I love that they come pre-sharpened, are way cheap and that the kids dislike them so much that they leave them behind. However, there's the drawback of no erasers. 16 erasers for $.99 is a great deal, I may even leave a few out rather than hiding them away in my drawer for only the most desperate of erasing situations.
Bottom Center: Silly erasers. They are hamburgers and hot dogs. I have a basket of random little prizes that I give out when we play review games.
Bottom Left: Sticky graph paper! Not sure exactly what I'll use it for, but it was too cool to pass up.
Center: Self inking "Great Work" stamp. I have a gold star stamp for A's on the first attempt, and a funny little clock guy that says "take you time" for kids who need to resubmit. This one can be for improvements. Love that it's self inking.
Less than $20 for the haul, which is impressive since there are 10 dry erase markers in that pack. Too bad I don't trust kids enough to give them refillable markers (love love love my AusPen markers).