Recently I was at a local printers making and enlarging a copy from an old photograph I have of our town. (note frugal tip for another post….)
When the store clerks learned I was a teacher, they gifted me with a box of paper scraps that they had accumulated. They said that the store owner’s wife had been a teacher and before she retired, she used these paper scraps in many ways.
Boy, have I used them! Most of them are card stock. The wide ones I use for making sentence/word cards, games, bulletin board title backgrounds, etc.. The smaller ones go in a box that are available for students to use as bookmarks.
This weekend, I am using them to make a game where you write the longitude/latitude of a city on a card and the city name on another card. Students must match their longitude and latitude to the city card. What a lot of money my games would cost if I had to buy cardstock for each game!
On my website I keep a list of classroom things that would be nice to be donated. Often people have things that could be very useful that they are trying to get rid of or throw away.
Last year, a student’s parent donated a huge box of printer paper –the old kind with the holes on the side. Oh my goodness! I have used that paper continuously for scratch paper, drawing paper, project paper—you name it. I am so grateful that this parent thought of us!
Other things I could always use in the classroom are: dictionaries and thesauruses, classroom library AR books, resource books that can be used for projects/research, etc…
My tip today is remember to ask parents to donate things that you need that they might otherwise throw out. If people know that you are the type of person who accepts hand-me-downs, you will find yourself getting a lot of stuff. I almost never say no, because invariably I will find someone who needs what was given.