Dollar Tree Finds for the Math Classroom

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As a teacher we are always on the lookout when we are shopping for different ways to use ordinary items in our classroom. Last week I had to step into the Dollar Tree to grab some things for a workshop and I decided to go ahead and go through the store and see some things that I could find that would be fun and different to use in math lessons.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math

I’m always looking for new things to use for visual representations and these hearts are just perfect. I can see working on equations with two variables and substituting a different color heart in to stand for each variable so students have o determine what red or pink stands for in each equation. Great to build the relationship of how a variable, no matter the letter, can be a different value in EVERY EQUATION.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Stickers

These boxes of stickers contain 8 stickers and would be great if students are doing a gallery walk to look at problems that other students have solved. You could have them take a sheet around with them and when they see a word problem that has been solved above and beyond they simply would add a sticker. They could also do it for a problem that they have also worked out on their white board while walking around and if they agree with the answer they add a sticker.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Glitter Hearts

When I saw the Glittered Table Scatter I immediately thought of using it to keep track of score on some games. If you are playing a game a game and get a point then you get a heart. Students could then redeem their hearts for certain rewards. You could also use them as a counter manipulative for an activity like Zero Pairs.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Stamps

When can you not use stamps? I can see as a teacher as my students are working on an activity in class that I would walk around and give them immediate feedback with the stamps and mark problems that I can immediately see that are correct. I’m telling you my 7th and 8th graders LOVE stickers and stamps!

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Mardi Gras Coins

These Mardi Gras coins would work great as markers or a 3 person game as there are three colors- purple, green and gold. They could also be used as a token economy for a certain period as well as points being received during a game.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Easter Eggs

I immediately thought of some of my teachers friends who work with younger students when I saw these eggs. What kid wouldn’t want to play with glittery eggs to use as a manipulative when working with place value, counters for an activity and so on. I know that for the few years I taught second grade I tried to bring in the different seasons through manipulatives because it just made it fun. Imagine modeling some CGI problems around Easter that students could then see and touch the actual eggs rather than just drawing the pictures.

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Tape

We all know I am a fan of FUN tape for using in Interactive Notebooks. I saw both of these while at Dollar Tree and I resisted picking them up because I was out of town. Now that I am home you better bet that I will be making a trip to pick some up!

Dollar Tree Finds for Math Washi Tape

I hope you started to think of some other uses for everyday things that we see in the stores. I know that we as teachers are constantly spending money on our classrooms but I’m a firm believer that if we are excited about what we are teaching then we will engage our students. I know that having fun supplies excites me!

**I am in no way affiliated with Dollar Tree. I have not been compensated in anyway for this blog post. I spent my own time and money to purchase items that were used in workshops and my opinions and ideas that are expressed are that of my own.**

 
 
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A Friend Loveth…

Last night I sat down to work on the Sketch Saturday Challenge for this week. I knew I didn’t want to pull out my Cricut and cut an oval and since my Big Shot is MIA, I had to make a change for the middle section just to begin this card.

I started this challenge by pulling out a scrap sheet of white cardstock and my Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad. I wanted to use a larger stamp so I went through my new Unity Itty Bitty stamps and picked out A Friend Loveth. I loved the size of the butterflies and how it gave me plenty of room to use my Copics and blend the colors.

After I colored in the images, I cut the rectangle down to 2 3/8″ x 4″ and rounded the corners with the 1/4″ end of my Corner Chomper. LOVE IT! I adhered it to a sheet of the red polka dots paper that I also used in the background that was only 1/8″ larger and rounded the edges of it as well. I made sure to leave one end up so I could feed the three strips of twine through a hole that I punched above the sentiment. I used Charcoal, Maraschino, and Pink Sorbet from The Twinery.

On the black base cardstock, I cut the strips at various sizes so they fit together in my given space. I mounted the stamped image and sentiment on the card with foam tape and added some doodling and rhinestones around the edges to take place of the flowers and sentiment.

I am also linking this up to the Card Crafter’s Circle Challenge of Valentine’s Love Hearts!

Love You Beary Much

During some creative time this weekend, I picked up the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge with a Spin to work on. I also had seen that Card Crafter’s Circle also had a challenge going for Bears so I decided that my Non-Traditional Valentine would be bear related.

I went through my images on my computer and found this cute little boy (or girl) dressed up as a bear and thought it would be cute. The image is from the wonderful Melonheadz Illustrations and LOVE her style. I colored the bear with a Honey Brown Bic Ultra Fine Marker and my Copic E000 and E00 for the face, ears and hand. The nose on the rabbit slippers is Copic R22. I handwrote the sentiment {after lots of practice} with the same Honey Brown Ultra Fine Marker.

When it came down to it, I didn’t want to leave the background white so I grabbed my Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and my Ink Applicator tool. I used a mask for the image {a second print of it} and inked over the entire circle with Brushed Corduroy and then went around just the edges with the Walnut Stain. I didn’t think it was quite done so I added some inking doodles with my White Signo Pen. Again, didn’t think it was done so I grabbed a mini heart stamp by Elle’s Studio and used Festive Berries Distress Ink to ink just a set of three. I then grabbed my Sakura Glaze Pen and outlined the full hearts and filled in the open heart.

The base of this card is 5” square and have layered it with several different papers from K&Company Color Basics Vivid paper pad all backed with a piece of brown cardstock. Once all the pieces had been cut down then it was easy to assemble this. I did add a bit of rhinestones for this card and it will be the one that I give my husband for Valentine’s this year. Not so sure what I plan to give him yet to go with it but the card is done!

I Love You {SFYTT Jan 2012}

Each month over at I{heart}2Stamp a new sketch is posted to play along with for the month. After the year is done, they choose a winner from someone who has played along the entire year. I am challenging myself to complete all 12 this year! We shall see how that goes. :)

I had the top image stamped for quite some time on my desk and wanted to use it up but when I went looking, I couldn’t find any purple papers that spoke tome and then I remembered I had the Sonoma Paper Pack that would work since the colors were the same.

You can see I used my Signo White Gel Pen to add some accents as well as some Stickles over the heart. I love how it made it pop on top of the Deep Plum cardstock. The olive green satin ribbon behind the scalloped oval is from my stash and I know I got it from Hobby Lobby.

Since the card base was very dark, I wanted to add some decoration on the inside so that it could be written on easily. I added a strip of each side of paper that I had already used for visual interest.

I have this card available in my Etsy shop for purchase. The papers used are also available from CTMH and you can get those by contacting me if you are interested! :)

With Love- Love Me Do Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome to the last day of the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! This is the last round up of 5 talented designers sharing projects with you on their blogs to get you prepared for the upcoming season of love! Whether you use these designs to create something for your loved ones or spring-board off the inspirations given, we would love to see your work as well, so leave a comment on the blogs as you go through.

On January 24th, we will be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant. The giveaway will be hosted through filling out a Google Docs form, here on Live.Teach.Create later this afternoon, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week. All those who enter with the correct answers will have a chance to win!

Today I am sharing with you my absolute favorite of all cards that I created for this week. I started with a red 4 1/4″ square base for this card. I used that EK Success Diamond Lace Punch once again on my black border. I placed it behind a scrap of white with red polka dots paper {old My Mind’s Eye line- circa 2010 I think}.

After cutting the label with my CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, I punched a hole in both sides and then ran a piece of black grosgrain ribbon through the label. I used foam tape to adhere it to the front of the card.


I used a Nestabilities Scalloped Circles to cut the circle from Making Memories Ledger paper and then used the same CTMH stamp set I’ve used this week to stamp a partial heart in Fired Brick Distress Ink. I inked up the edges in Black Soot Distress Ink and then stamped With Love in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Thanks for joining me today for Day #5 of the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! Next person in the hop is Jessica of Handmade Cre8ivity. If you haven’t had a chance to see all 5 days of this blog hop, please take a look back at the past posts!

Don’t forget your Blog Hop Giveaway Entry is due no later than Monday, January 23rd at Midnight CST. Get to hopping to find those answers!

Be Mine Valentine- Love Me Do Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! This week, January 16th-20th, we have a group of 5 talented designers sharing projects with you on their blogs to get you prepared for the upcoming season of love! Whether you use these designs to create something for your loved ones or spring-board off the inspirations given, we would love to see your work as well, so leave a comment on the blogs as you go through.

On January 24th, we will be giving away a collection of goodies from the group to one lucky participant. The giveaway will be hosted through filling out a Google Docs form, here on Live.Teach.Create on January 20th, asking various questions about the posts throughout the week. All those who enter with the correct answers will have a chance to win!

Today I have another 4 1/4″ square card for you today with another black base. I guess I am on a roll with black bases as they just pop to me!

I used an older My Mind’s Eye collection and cut a piece of the yellow paper at 1 3/4″ x 4 1/4″. I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. I used the reverse side of another sheet from the same collection and the same EK Success Diamond Lace Edge Punch for an edge on the left side. I covered the seam by tying around the two pieces with black grosgrain ribbon.

The hearts are from a retired Close To My Heart stamp and stamped in Fired Brick Distress Ink on red cardstock. I then went over the holes in the heart with Sakura Glaze Pen.

The oval was cut with the Close to My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and then stamped on with the Close To My Heart Say It in Style My Acrylix stamp set using two different sets.

Tomorrow I have one more card to share with you. I hope that you are enjoying the hop and if you are just joining us, take a moment to go back and look at previous projects. Tomorrow afternoon in a second post, I will be posting the Google Doc for you to answer for a chance to win our giveaway.

Thanks for joining me today for Day #4 of the “Love Me Do” Valentine’s Blog Hop! Next person in the hop is Jessica of Handmade Cre8ivity. Check back again with me tomorrow as well for another new idea.