Week Six ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!


 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!
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Week Five ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!

The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!

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Painting Your Writing {Using Paint Chip Samples in the Classroom}

Hi everyone! I'm late to the party, I was supposed to post my idea yesterday and time just got away from me! 

I'm here today to share some ideas for using Paint Chips in your classroom. Now...I haven't actually used them yet, but I've been inspired by several adorable things I've seen on Pinterest. 

This anchor chart using paint chips to teach shades of meaning was my main inspiration. 


My students have ALWAYS struggled using interesting words in their writing. I might scream if I see the word happy or sad ONE MORE TIME! I thought this would be a good way to get students to start using more "colorful" vocabulary in their writing!

I decided to create a little bulletin board to get students involved in the process of actively using "colorful" words.


I've created a little freebie for you with everything you'll need to create your bulletin board! I would add a word a week to the board (so you don't overwhelm them) and have students brainstorm and sort the words they find in order on the paint chip sample from dull to colorful so students can see the progression of words and their shades of meaning.

You can click the image below to download your free copy!

I hope this bulletin board set helps your students as much as hope it will help mine!!

Here are just a few other adorable ideas I saw on Pinterest!


I just love this colorful banner!


Ummmmm....how cute is this homemade rolodex!?

We'd love to see how you paint chips in your room! So, what do you do?



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Paint Chip Fun!

Hey everyone!

I absolutely love using paint chips. Did you know I help once a month at my friend's hardware store? Well when they switched to a new brand of paint, I asked what they were going to do with the old samples. She said she was going to toss them except keep a few for herself for some Pinterest stuff. Well guess who ended up with the about 1,000 paint chip strips? This girl!

You can do so many things in the class with them! Arts and crafts, math, reading, science, etc!




For literacy, you can differentiate what students are working on. Kids can choose the colors and how many boxes they need on their paint card.

On this one I have a few examples of how students can manipulate the paint chip cards. Cutting for contractions, is one example. Or creating words (or separating them too). Very visual!  The bottom right shows synonyms for a word.

This example shows a bookmark with my name, gift tag, True/False and multiple choice answers, holiday paint chips, and the bottom right is math. 

What ideas do you have for paint chips?





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Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Making Mini-Books Last Longer for Mini-Fingers!
Hello everyone, I'm Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas. Just a quick little tip for your PRINTED mini-books and mini-readers.
I like to use duck tape as a side binder OVER the staples.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Four Reasons:
1. It keeps the book together longer.
2. The BACK page is not as quick to rip off.
3. Little people don't start crying when little fingers get snagged on the back part of the staple! Oh the drama!
4. Teacher stays happy! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Guided Reading Groups and Fluency
You can also print 6 to 8 of the same mini-books to make sets to use again and again during your guided reading instruction. The students can use the books with white boards and white board markers. Use one color of duct tape for the binding to keep all the same titles of a book easy to find and organized.
Click here for Michelle at Teach123 camping mini-books. 


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Duct tape desks!

Hey y'all! It's Rachel from the tattooed teacher!
It's duct tape week!
I LOVE Duct tape! Really!
More specifically DUCK brand duct tape!
Have you seen their pinterest boards! oh my!


Today I'm here showing off my [former] teacher desk that now belongs to another teacher! Ignore the mess on top-it was summer!


Now, are your school supplied teacher desks from the 70s?
Mine are!
dented, metal, sad desk
I got this idea while covering the exposed part of my bookshelves in duct tape
I am a hoarder of the stuff...no lie...and started whipping it out finding a good pattern.
All I did was literally put strips of duct tape on the front and sides of my desk!
but boy did it make a difference! The pink zebra and green paint splats I borrowed from my neighbor to break it up a little. and I had to get one strip of my hello kitty in there, too!
Last year I got rid of my desk, but another teacher picked mine up and uses it!
simple, pretty cheap, and a big difference!
here are the different patterns I used-all are duck brand! (minus the neons which I purchased at Big Lots!-but are still Duck brand)
and here are a few other teacher desks I found on Pinterest! Most don't lead to anywhere...sad face
 
and for whatever reason, this picture is upside down!
this is my fav! she used wrapping paper and white duct tape!
here's a little sideways action for ya! but it's a great looking desk!

so there you have it!
What have you made with duct tape?



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Week Four ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!


 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!
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Duct Tape Containers

Hey everyone!

This time we are talking about how you use duct tape! I remember when you could only get it in silver and now there are so many patterns you can buy. This is a dream for teachers wanting to spruce things up!

I used  neon striped duct tape and a Crystal Light container and wrapped the duct tape around. Simple and easy!

That's it, two materials!

Strip your container.

duct tape containers
Wrap and sit back and enjoy your simple, but cute creation.

What can you use these for? Store popsicle sticks, pencils, a fake flower vase, supply storage (I carry eraser tops as prizes for kids in there). 

Hope this gave you some ideas!







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Supply labels and a cart giveaway!

Hey y'all! It's rachel from the tattooed teacher!
Last week on my Facebook page I asked what people kept in their 10 drawer carts. Well, I got A LOT if reponses! I was working in math supply labels for my own but the ideas were great, so I added as many as I could! 
I love them and their scrappiness!! 

Here's how they look! 

I used a nice bold font because their purpose is for the kiddos to read them! I also added pictures of every.little.thing! With the help of some amazing artists on tpt! So you get over 130 labels!
I also added numbers 1-36 for upper grade teachers or teachers who may use these as student work station or student drawers. These labels are smaller (just the scrappy kid holding a sign with the number on it!)
Aren't they precious!?
So here's the deal for the giveaway!

This giveaway ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT! So run!
And click the link below to enter!!!
I'm on my phone posting so there's no pretty hyper linking going on!!  Good Luck Owl friends!

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Week Three ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!

The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!
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Show Us How You Use It {Aluminum Cans} - DIY Teacher Desk Organizer


Hi, Owl friends!  It's Dana from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron (as well as 3rd Grade Gridiron).
The other Owls and myself are teaming up again this week to bring you more ideas for "Show Us How You Use It!"


This week's linky is all about aluminum cans.

I wanted a new and cute way to organize all the teacher stuff on my desk, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money on an organizer.  So I gathered up my materials:

- cans
- spray paint
- ribbon
- hot glue gun/glue sticks


I spray painted my cans:


Once the cans dried, I added the ribbon using my hot glue gun:


After adding the ribbon to each can, I hot glued each can together.  This part was a little tricky, but I figured it out and made it work.  :)


Now I have a "Seuss-tastic" desk organizer!  I can organize all my Sharpies, pens, markers, and several other important "teachery" things - all in one place!

Two reasons I {heart} this project:

- you can use as many (or as few) cans as you want
- you can paint them to match your classroom theme

Now it's your turn!  How have you used aluminum cans in the classroom?  If you have a post to share, link up!  If not, feel free to leave your project idea in the comments!



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