Making things for your classroom.

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  1. teacherbell

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    This summer I want to make some curtains for my classroom and a puppet theatre out of a cardboard box. I was wondering, what things have you made for your classroom?
     
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    I am also planning on making a puppet theater for my classroom this summer:) I'm going to use pvc though.
    Here are lots of ideas of things to make for your class using pvc:
    PVC in the classroom
     
  4. Missy

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    I have made curtains, a quilt to hang on my rocking chair, and a wall quilt about Ohio.
     
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    My brother made me a Pocket Chart/Giant Notepad Chart holder out of PvC pipe. I'd show you a picture, but he tore it apart to make me a new improved addition. (with casters!)

    I wanted a magnetic bulletin board, so I bought a thing of sheet metal from an air conditioner supplier and had my boyfriend drill it to my wall.

    I'm working on chairbags for the backs of student chairs (to hold folders and books), and let me tell you, it's taking FOREVER :(:(:(:(:(:(:( [I'm terrible with the sewing machine]

    My next project is to make a giant skinny box to store all of my bulletin board supplies. Kind of like an index Card box...for bulletin board sized index cards:)
     
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    I am doing a jungle/safari theme in my room, and my dad and I are actually about to start a banana tree to put in the reading corner! ha, its going to be an adventure! :)
     
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    In/out boxes--in the process of making these. I'll post when I finish.

    PVC chart holder

    all my posters--just copied the ones I like in my own writing and artistry, more or less. I used chart paper and then laminated them. Colored pencils are my fave to use because they give a softer appearance.

    pillows for reading corner.

    a decorated flower pot and those pens wrapped in floral tape with a flower on the end---I am always leaving my pens around the room and hope this helps me keep track of them. very cheap and easy.

    titles for bull board by bending pipecleaners into letters and hot glueing
     
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    Great ideas! It is really getting me inspired to make more things for my room. Paperheart, I like the idea of using pipecleaners for letters.
     
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    My husband made a bookshelf for me for my reading center.

    I've made pillows to go along with the theme of my classroom.

    giant wall quilt

    painted the ceiling tiles to go with novels we study throughout the year.
     
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    I am having a zoo theme, so I made an "entrance" to the library using fishing pole boxes. They are long enough to reach from the bookshelf to the ceiling. I wrapped them in red paper and drew lines in marker to make it look like red bricks. On the box connecting the two sides I wrote "Reading Zoo". I've also been covering boxes, frozen juice containers and cans with contact paper. My husband has also been busy building me another bookshelf and container for my big books.

    I also am making pockets for the back of the chairs, I'm not good with the sewing machine, and found the easiest way was using pillow cases.
     
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    Would it be out of line to ask if any of you could post pictures of the items you are/have made?? I would love to see some if possible!!
     
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    I"ll be using heavy shower curtains for curtains - regular material is too light weight and moves with the ventilation system which then, that movement trips the alarm system and wakes up the police......I was frowned at several times until we figured out what was doing it.
     
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    How do you make chair pockets out of pillowcases? That sounds like something I could do!
     
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    I have made phonics phones out of pvc
    The teacher who had my room before me used light weight gutters attached to the walls as book displays.
     
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    Would you tell us more about that scrapbooking site, paperheart?
     
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    Hope I can explain it. Turn the pillowcase inside out. Take the opening and fold it back over half way. Sew the sides.
     
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    What would you like to know? I get the monthly kits every month and LOVE them--very on top of the new trend and the nicest people you could "meet" on the mb.
     
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    Is it a discussion board or a site to submit projects?
     
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    I typically make a lot of bulletin board stuff myself. This year I'm doing a jungle theme but last year I made this for my mentor teacher.

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5409/570/1600/IM001677.jpg
    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5409/570/1600/IM001678.jpg

    I also made my own homeworkopoly (I didnt like how small the one online was). Also to go along with my theme for this year, I made hallway passes and my website (www.kyrene.org/staff/kjensen).

    Of course this is my first official year of teaching the entire school year, so I plan on expanding my horizons and begin making more things outside of the bulletin board area. :)

    Have a great summer!

    Katie
     
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    I'm doing a jungle theme too! I would love to see a picture of your banana tree when your finished!! How fun!
     
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    It is a discussion board and has a gallery to show your work. There is a monthly kit which most but not all people on the message board receive and there is a design team that demonstrates some ideas. The Magazine holders were done by a Design Team Member. If you mean, submit projects for publication, it isn't that. There is a montly contest and usually a few smaller ones for which you can submit entries.
     
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    I can't tell you how excited I am to get into my classroom, my first time in my own room. The ideas shared here are fabulous and really get me motivated.

    Thanks,
    Cathy

    PS My husband might not like having to help me complete all my projects but once they are finished I will be so:D.
     
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    Katie -- we are in the same area! I have been teaching in Tempe :) Just thought I'd say hello. It's too bad I am leaving soon, we could have had our own little AtoZ reunion!
     
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    Do you have to pay for the monthly kits?
     
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    I also would like to make some PVC pipe phones. Has anyone tried to make an overhead projector pocket caddy (that wraps around the projector and holds markers and things). I have seen them at the teacher store for around $11 or $12 but I think I could make one cheaper. If anyone has a pattern I would love to hear about it.

    Katenar, I love your bulletin board pictures. You are very talented!
     
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    yes. Its like a subscription.
     
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    I don't have a pattern but suggest you modify any pattern you use so that your overhead fan is not covered. I got a nice lecture from the librarian when she mine.
     
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    pvc phones are really easy to make I tried a couple of different lengths but 31/2 inches waas just right I think I used 13/4" pipe (my husband had to help me saw it apart, but with a good vice it wouldn't have been so hard to do) and I just attatched the corner pieces. I didn't even use any glue. The ends of the phones could swivel, but the students really liked that.
     
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    That is a cool site!! Thank you for sharing!
     
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    My absolute favorite thing to do in a new classroom--(mine has been new to me 3 of the past 4 years) is to hang whiteboards. You can purchase 4x8 sheets of white tile board at Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, etc for under $10 a sheet and PRESTO! you have a wonderful dry erase board. I have even cut these to desk top size and put 'vital info' on the flip side for the students to have at their desks (i.e. number lines, mult.chart, odds/evens, etc.)
     
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    sounds great. How do you hang them?
     
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    Bonteach, Use that swivel on the pvc phones to your advantage. Teach the kids that they can use them like regular phones to listen to themselves read or to swivel one part of the phone and whisper read to a friend. (They should be whisper reading in centers anyway but this adds a different sound to it that they enjoy.)
     
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    My 1st & 2nd years they were placed directly over the chalkboards that were old and in very bad shape. This was done with paneling adhesive/glue that comes in a caulk-type tube.

    I would not do this without checking with my principal first. The only concern that was mentioned was that IF ever the boards needed to come down, there may be a problem with asbestos if they pulled away from the boards.

    My first principal had come from a school where they had done this several years ago and had not had any problems with the boards needing replaced ever after 5+ years.

    Last year, I was able to hang them directly on the wall. The maintenance staff requested that I use drywall anchors/screws rather than adhesive in case the board would ever need to come down, it would be easier to patch a small screw hole than try to get the adhesive off a plaster wall.

    I also had 4 windows between my classroom and the room next door and we replaced the glass with pieces of whiteboard as well--we put a sheet on her side, one on my side and sandwiched the glass in the middle--the wood trim that held the window in place now holds the whiteboards in place. This not only was great for boards, but it cut down on noise between the rooms.

    I have ordered 5 sheets for my opposite wall this year and plan to have 32 feet of board to use in one stretch & 8 ft. in another area --I can't wait! It will totally change the arrangement of my room for the better! There is a plastic piece of trim that can be placed at the seam between 2 sheets.

    One thing I have not yet done, but plan to, is to ask at the lumber store if they have any 4x8 sheets that are damaged that they are willing to donate. These could be cut down so easily and used by students at their desks.

    All those desktop 'helpers' (number lines, cursive writing, mult. charts, etc.) went right on the back of the desk size pieces. This made cleaning student desktops much easier this spring--no messy adhesive and I can re-use the boards.

    $1.00 bottle of Window cleaner does just as good of job cleaning these boards as the 'special' cleaner you buy a tiny bottle of. Save a few old t-shirts and these are great erasers--it is interesting to see what a cool tie-dye pattern you end up with after multiple uses with colored markers.

    One more tip: IF someone accidently uses a permanent marker on the white board, nail polish remover takes it off really well!

    My other favorite TIP to Save $$$ I learned while student teaching: buy a package of coffee filters to keep in your classroom and use like a bowl for snacks. (I got 200 for $1.00--if you search around, you can probably even find them for less.) They are cheaper and easier to use and store than napkins/paper towels to hold snacks like popcorn, goldfish, etc. I was tired of students using tissues for snacks as we had such a limited supply of them and this worked SO much better!
     
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    $1.00 bottle of Window cleaner does just as good of job cleaning these boards as the 'special' cleaner you buy a tiny bottle of


    Be careful doing this too often though. Most cleaners like Windex will ruin the finish on whiteboards and make your markers not erase as easily in the future. They will still leave faint marks behind. I learned this the hard way.
     
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    I made a Florida museum out of a cardboard box.

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    I have also made walk-on board games out of shower curtains, lots of displays out of science boards, and all kinds of games out of posterboard and boxes.
     
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    NOTE- This year will have clearer pictures because I have a digital camera now. :)
     
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    Thanks! I should have specified--I only use the windex a couple times a quarter. I've found having clean erasers and quality markers usually does a good job cleaning the board.
     
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    Your museum box looks great!
     
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    Is it at all possible for you to share how you are making these pockets with pillow cases???I would love to have them for my first year of teaching but I KNOWWWW that I cannot make them myself and I know they will be extremely expensive to purchase. Thanks.;)
     

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