Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dollar Store- You have my heart AGAIN!

So if you have been reading my blog for a while, you already know that the Dollar Tree and I have a special relationship. My last great Dollar Tree find were these little Eye Spies/Finger Trackers that I thought of tons of classroom uses for....here's a picture and {link to that post}.....


Well, the Dollar Tree has my heart again. I give you....Sandwich Cardboard Coasters!!

I was so excited when I found these that I bought at least 8 sets.....I have no idea what I am going to specifically use them for, but they were just so stinkin cute. Also, my kiddos know I love to teach with food, so I figure this is a good compromise to using REAL food all the time :) Each set of coasters comes with nine cardboard photos of sandwich toppings, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato....well just look at the picture below and you'll see :) 


There are so many ways to use these in the classroom and I figured that $1.00 was cheaper than printing out all of these pieces in color ink- although it did get me thinking about drawing Sandwich Clipart :) Here are just a few of the ideas that I thought of for these tasty treasures:

Writing Ideas:

*Technical Writing- Give students the pieces and have them as ingredients to help them write the steps for making a sandwich. Especially with younger kids, I think it might help them having the pictures and  pieces to put in a sequence first and then write the details with transition words and such :)

*Descriptive Writing- Give a group of students a set of coasters and have them work together to think of descriptive adjectives for each ingredient and then write a poem with them.

Math Ideas:

*Least to Greatest- Put numbers on each of the ingredient coasters with white labels and have students order them from least to greatest. The two bread pieces would be the least and the greatest numbers so it would be a good guide for our littlest learners. For older kiddos, it could help them see the concept of range. The range of the number would be the difference between the bread slices....all the sandwich topping in between the bread would be INSIDE the range of numbers. Then you could have students find the mean, median and mode depending on the numbers you choose for the coasters. 

*Build a Sandwich- Use labels to put a price on each ingredient (coaster). Have students come up with different sandwich recipes that add up to a certain cost. For example, they might have to create a $3.00 sandwich.... a slice of bread might be 50 cents, so they would need two slices for a sandwich (three slices for a double decker!) and then add multiple layers of the different ingredients to create a sandwich that adds up to $3.00. Does that make sense? I thought it might be a fun twist for practicing money. Hold the phone! THEN the students could do technical writing on how to assemble their specific sandwich creation. Math and writing combined....perfect!

What other ideas do you have for these coasters? If you share in my passion for a good deal and teaching with food, you won't want to pass these up! Post your ideas/grade level in a comment below!!

And no...Dollar Tree does not pay me for advertising....although they should :) Oh! I found these coasters on the bottom shelf of the wall with all the kitchen appliances. I only spotted them by chance...so you will have to look carefully so you don't miss them!

15 comments:

  1. I WANT! Those are sooooo cool! I'll have to head over to my local Dollar Tree and see if they're carrying them.

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  2. So cute and I love all of your ideas!

    Tracy
    Creekside Teacher Tales

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  3. Going to have to run to Dollar Tree tonight to get me some. Thanks for sharing!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  4. I have to go to the Dollar Tree now...like right now. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  5. Went to Dollar Tree and walked out with the Coasters and much more. Thank you.

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  6. How cute!!!! What a great idea! :) I might would use them as visuals for paragraphs in a story (maybe without all the ingredients) with the bread being the intro and conclusion that holds in all the details! Then maybe label each ingredient as what the topic of each paragraph will be...?
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey


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  7. So funny! I happened upon these same coasters at the Dollar Tree as well... The first thing that came to me was a warm fuzzy childhood feeling from the early 70s--I am pretty sure my grandma had some almost like these back in the day. AND, of course, I too thought they would be a fabulous classroom material. I plan to use them as an alternative to a board game for two different math games. Students will collect sandwich pieces instead of covering numbers--building a sandwich. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas! The wheels are turning even more now... Now I need to pick up some googley-eye rings. Love your blog!

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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  8. I need to take a trip to the Dollar Tree! There are always so treasures there. Thank you for the great ideas! I love your idea of using them to guide writing. That will get them going! Fun!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  9. Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with those coasters!!! My first thought was a how-to using the coasters as manipulatives to help guided them with their writing!! Looks as though you've already thought of that one! :)

    Sounds like you've had a VERY productive spring break!! I am loving your newest clip art, just purchased it!! Can't wait to make something new with the sets!

    Surviving the Little People

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  10. I love these! Love all your ideas, too!

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  11. You've motivated me to stop at the Dollar Tree today. I would have never thought to use coasters to create a center activity for the children! I love the "least to greatest" math idea.

    Zoom Zoom Classroom

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  12. I FINALLY found these & am so excited!! I made them into the parts of a story to help my kids with their writing. Each piece was assigned a different element (setting, characters, problem, solution, etc...) & the kids will build a sandwich & create a story. You can see them on my blog if you want. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the inspiration!!! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  13. These are PRECIOUS! Kelly found them and I used her link to find YOU! I will be heading out tomorrow to find these for my class! (I really hope I can find them!!! Keeping fingers crossed!!) You two ladies have my juices flowing and offer some great ideas! Thanks for sharing. And by the way....I've been a Dollar Store addict forever!!!! I'm your newest follower!
    Angie@ monahanmonkeymadness.blogspot.com

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  15. I too have a special relationship with the Dollar Tree. I bought a bunch of these as well and didn't know what to do with them. Heaven forbid my family try to set their drinks on them!! When I taught English, everyone HATED book reports. I come up the the idea to break it down into essential parts and we made book report sandwiches. I didn't have nifty coasters like your so I just drew them out on 1/2 sheet of paper and printed them on colored paper. Each layer was another element (plot, setting, etc.) When it was divided up into pieces, no one minded book reports anymore. Love your posts!

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