Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!
   I am pleased to be working with my mom, Judy.  
I would like to share my version of this pinterest inspired idea...

It’s that time of year again. 
September 23rd was the start of fall. 
So why not start off fall with a fun and educational project.
Paint Chip Letter Trees 
are a wonderful thrifty way to bring some fall color and learning into the classroom.

First, you need to visit your local paint store. Pick out any orange/red/yellow samples you would like. (This project would also work for spring with pretty greens.)



I used 21 leaves on my tree and for that many leaves you will need at least 3 paint chips. I was able to get three leaves per each color section.

Draw all the leaves and cut out. 

Then it’s time to draw your tree and arrange your leaves on your tree.

BAM - you have a beautiful fall tree!
But we are not stopping here...
  
Now to make it educational. 
 Students pick out 7 vowels and 14 constants. 
Letters can be repeated if the student wishes.
After the letters have been selected, students write one letter on each leaf.
Place the leaves on the tree.  (It will be your choice to glue or not glue the letters on the tree.)  Letters that are not glued on can be changed and/or moved around.  This activity can also be sent home for students to play with their families.



Activities to do with your letter tree:

Make 2,3,4, and 5 letter words
Make fall words (ex. fall, leaf, corn, cider, and apple)
Separate into colors and see if you can make words with only the letters written on that color

Ideas for younger kids:

Sort the letter by color
Sort by vowels and consonants

Sort alphabetically 

Until later,

Rachel

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