Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing how we used some recycled items from Christmas.

I confess maybe I hoard some things.  We received several deliveries that contained bubble wrap, which I saved (why I didn't know at the time).  I also saved the tinsel when I undecorated our Christmas tree.  At the time I wasn't sure what I would do with these valuable resources.  Here is the rest of the story...

I don't know about you but it was a little hard getting back into the swing of things at school.  I'm just like my students and enjoyed nights of staying up late and keeping my pjs on later than usual.

So to help with our first day back at school we worked on these cool jellyfish.  The jellyfish weren't a random project but made a great connection to our story in reading - Jellies.  I did a Pinterest search for jellyfish projects, so many cute things to choose from!

I decided to use coffee filters for the body and tentacles.  Students randomly colored 4 filters with markers and sprayed the filters with a few sprits of water.  This makes the colors run together and look beautiful!  The kids thought it was magic!!!

Next we cut the filters in half to resemble the bell shape of a jellyfish.  Students cut the remaining 3 filters in a spiral to create long pieces for the tentacles.  Magic number two, "Mrs. Brown, look!  I can make this longer than me."  How cute to see them holding up their super long tentacles.

Students glued the tentacles and tinsel onto the body.  Finally, the students added the bubble wrap to the outside of the jellyfish body.

Here are our finished projects...
Our jellyfish sway in the breeze as people walk past our classroom.  The jellies truly look like they are drifting in the ocean.

Stop back tomorrow for our Five for Friday. Our writing projects will be joining our cool jellyfish.

Have a great Thursday!

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