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February 2017

Tires in the Classroom

Instagram is my newest obsession lately. There are so many inspiring ideas on the site! I found the idea of painting tires for my classroom on @cootiesandcuties Instagram page. Using the tires in the classroom has been a big hit!  I posted about how my tires came out and lots of people had questions about how to do it.  Here’s my step by step guide.

How to Paint Tires to Use in the Classroom:

Step 1: Lay a tarp in the back of your car. You don’t want grease from the tires in your car!

Step 2: Call car repair shops and ask if they’ll donate old tires to your classroom. When I called a local one, they said they had over 100 to choose from each week and I could have the pick of the lot! It was awesome!

Step 3: I took them to the local car wash and put in $5 to get 10 minutes worth of suds. I hosed them down till all the grease and grime was gone.

Step 4: Let them dry out for 24 hours.

Step 5: Buy your spray paint. I got the brand shown in the picture above. It worked fine on the pink, yellow, green, and blue tires. The purple tire was a little off. More on that later.

Step 6: Put your tires up on a piece of wood or a brick so their not flat on the ground. Make sure you spray in the yard and not on concrete! I spray painted the top at about 1:00 in the afternoon and flipped them over at 4:00 pm to do the bottoms. I let them dry in the yard for 24 hours. It only took one can of paint for each tire. I bought two for each tire and got to return half of the spray paint to Home Depot!

Step 7: After the first 24 hours, I let them dry for a week on my screen-in-porch. I wanted to make absolutely sure that those tires were not going to get paint on my kiddos’ clothes but it was hard to wait to bring those tires in the classroom!

Step 8: A week later, the tires were ready to go! The tires in the classroom look FANTASTIC! The only issue I had was bringing in the purple one. It was flaky and the paint was peeling off though I hadn’t done anything different to it. I had my kids take it out to recess one day this week and shake it, throw it, and pummel it a bit to make sure all of the excess paint was off of it. Though the bottom of the purple tire’s uncolored now, it’s been doing fine since we did that. I’m guessing the purple tire was different because it’s a larger tire and probably a different brand than the others. The paint reacted different on it and didn’t bond quite as well.

Overall, the project only cost me about $35 total! Both my students and I LOVE the new additions to our classroom! They make great alternative seating when we are working around the room and are very popular when we are doing independent reading.  I think that it doesn’t matter what kind of paint you get at the store too! I did a lot of reading online before tackling this project and all sorts of brands work. Painting tires seems to be a kind of guess and check system to see if the tires you get will work with the paint you buy. If you decide to take this on, best of luck to you!! 🙂

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Valentine’s Day Math

Valentine’s Day is almost here! I have a lot of Valentine’s Day math packets, puzzles, games, and centers in my TPT store now that I’ve been on TeachersPayTeachers for about a year and a half.

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I LOVE math centers and use them on a a weekly basis in my classroom. To make my life a little easier, I’ve started to create Third Grade Monthly Math Centers for each month of the year. Click here for the February Math Centers. 

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Last year, I created some Valentine’s Day puzzles that my class cannot get enough of. They are so stinkin’ cute!

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The cool part about the Valentine’s Day math puzzles is you can print them on colored paper and go, have students color them first, or have students create their own Valentine’s Day puzzle!

These links will take you to each set of puzzles:

Valentine’s Day Multiplication Puzzles

Valentine’s Day Division Puzzles

Valentine’s Day Addition Puzzles

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I also created a spiral review packet for both third grade and kindergarten students for Valentine’s Day. Each page contains a fun fact about Valentine’s Day too! Here they are in action!

You can get part of each of these for FREE too!

Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Math Packet FREEBIE!

Third Grade Valentine’s Day Math Packet FREEBIE!

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The last Valentine’s Day item I have in my teacherspayteachers store is a game called “Let’s Decorate Valentines!” and it’s a LOT of fun! Each time a child gets a question correct, they get to add decorations to their Valentine. The first student to get ten decorations on their card wins the game!

The best part about this game is you can reuse with any set of task cards you have!

I have this game available in my store for over 30 skills!

Click this link to check them all out 🙂

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Are you doing anything special with your class to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? My class has been tracked-out (on vacation!) for the last three weeks so our first day back will be February 13th. I am super excited to put these games out as math centers next week!

I hope you and your class have  a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and laughter!

 

 

 

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