Saturday, August 10, 2013

Free Name Plates

Free has got to be one of the best words a teacher can see when looking for ways to decorate and set up his/her classroom. Today's post is quick and simple. Let's get to it!

I only have one picture. Sorry! 

1. Go to Wal Mart, Ace, Home Depot, where ever, and stuff some free paint chips into your purse or bag. Leave the store feeling guilty even though you have done nothing wrong. (The second half of the first step is optional.)

2. Cut some white construction paper in half hamburger style. (Construction paper is provided at our school.)

3. Glue the paint chips onto the edge of the white construction paper halves. The ones from Wal Mart fit perfectly. The Ace ones are a bit larger.

4. Laminate!

5. Cut the laminated name plates out of the excess lamination.

6. Fold the name plates in half so they will stand like a tent.

7. Wait until the very last possible moment before the first day of school to write the students' names down because not everybody has come to register and you're still not certain who will and who won't show up the first day and SURPRISE you'll probably get new ones the first couple of weeks anyway. So, make like 50 of them. Just kidding, but seriously....

I decided to have them stand on their desks for the first couple of days while we get to know each other, and then I will put them in the sub folder if the sub wants to use them. I don't want to put name plates on their desks this year with contact paper because the students pick at them, they look gross the last few months of school, and I want to try having kids move their stuff when we switch seats instead of moving their entire desk. Thanks for reading! 

P.S. I've been making a lot of progress with the WBT Book Club. I can't wait to share with you about how I hope it will function in my room this year! 

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