Alternatives to popsicle sticks

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    You know those big buttons Heidi pulls out of a bag on Project Runway to pick designers? I want that for my classroom lol! I don't like the feel of unfinished wood (popsicle sticks). Can anyone think of something large enough to write students' names on? I'm going to use them to randomly pick students. I might even put them in a velvet bag a la Project Runway :)
     
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    A few ideas: small floor tiles, the colored foam could be cut into any shape you want, Old CDs, Milk caps or other lids, round squishy-type balls.
     
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    My hs chem teacher used oversized playing cards. He assigned us all a card on the first day of school. When he asked a question he would flashed a card to the class so we would know whose turn it was.
     
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    You could put initials on pencils, laminate strips of card stock, give each child a number and use number cards, put initials on poker chips, or just cover the end of the popsicle stick with tape.
     
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    I have seen foam popsicle sticks at the Dollar Tree.
     
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    I have seen cardboard name sticks at the teacher stores. You are supposed to be able to write on them with wet-erase and wipe them clean.
     
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    Pisces, I would love to see what you are talking about -- I don't watch the show but I like the ideas that are being offered. I like the cd idea. Right now I have a handful of DVD's I am getting ready to throw out because I can't record on them. I may use that idea but my question is where would I place them so that I can easily pick one out when I need to. Also, I notice that my team teacher uses the popsicle sticks to assign job helpers. I would prefer something other than the sticks for that too.

    I have tons of wine cork tops but don't know if it would be feasible to use in place of popsicle sticks. What ya think?
     
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    I have popsicle sticks but always forget to use them b/c they are in a boring cup. Maybe if I get something cool to pull for lotto questions and a cool cup.....I'll actually remember.
     
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    Our HS creative writing teacher did this with numbers in jar, and the first week of school my friend snuck in and threw her number away. She never got called on for the rest of the year.....
     
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    I create a matrix for job assignments. Jobs label columns, names label rows. When child is assigned a job, I date to coresponding box. This way each child gets to do each job at least once, maybe twice during the year and keeps them from fighting over the more popular jobs. I keep the whole thing on the computer which makes things really easy to track.

    I don't see why wine bottle corks wouldn't work. Just write one set of innitials on each and put them in a small drawstring bag!
     
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    You think I can mark them with a Sharpie? Some are real cork others are man-made corks. Would love to see a matrix example of what u are talking about - Runsw/Scissors. Great ideas!
     
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    Use numbers on your corks, Teachling, so you can reuse them each year! My kids have numbers all year for their mailboxes (so the mail passers aren't seeing grades with names), and I use them for my popsickle sticks, posters, ect. Why remake that stuff each year?
     
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    I, too, don't like the feel of those sticks. But, I LOVE the feel of dominos and mahjong tiles! Maybe a collection of those with #s on them in a velvet bag. They might be noisy, but I think I would like that! I'm very tactile. I actually love this idea!
     
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    To get rid of the feel of the popsicle sticks, sponge paint them. I used three different colors to camouflage mine. :)

    In thinking about the wine corks, I do not think that would be a wise choice. Wine cork-> alcohol-related-> no tolerance by most schools= BIG PROBLEM! If your school is as "Say No to Drugs" as most, using wine corks is not a viable option. Just my two cents...
     
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    That was my thought too on the wine corks.
     
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    They don't have to be wine corks. You can buy corks for craft projects.
     
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    I agree about the corks possibly being a controversy (which I think is silly, but better safe than sorry.)

    I think a lot of teachers have tactile issues LOL. Every summer there are people starting threads about either whiteboards or chalkboards and about how they can't stand the feel of the chalk or the marker on the board. I think it's funny. :)

    I think what I'll end up doing is trying a sewing shop to see if they have very large buttons. Depending on how much they cost, I can buy a "class set" and just write numbers on them. I'll be assigning numbers this year, so that'll work great.
     
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    Edelweiss, that link doesn't work for me...
     
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    I don't think wine corks would be a problem. I bring corks to class when we talk about cells and the discovery of cells. It's not like you are tipping the bottle at school. I think if you got a cute container to keep them in, it would work very well. Great idea. I have used plastic clothes pins, cards, popsicle sticks, pencils and poker type chips. I think anythink like that would work. I love using them in the classroom.
     

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