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Recycle and Reuse It! Making Something New from Trash


As a teacher, I feel like I am always looking at everything in my life with the lens of “how could I use that in the classroom?”
Got garbage? I could probably use it. No, I am not a hoarder. At least I don’t think so.

Today my assistant asked me if she should throw away the container from our animal cracker snack or save it. Of course in my teacher mind that would be a sin and she knew it – so bless her for saving the trash!

I had to think about it most of the day – but I was determined to use that bear!! I realized that one thing I have been working on with a lot of my kiddos is their number identification. I also know that in literacy we spend a lot of time singing fun chants and songs for letter id, so there had to be a fun way to do that during math too!

So, the number chant Teddy Bear was born. I just typed up the chant/song and stuck it on his tummy on red construction paper. Inside the bear will be numbers we are working on identifying. Right now I have numbers 1-20 so we can get down those tricky teens!

You could add higher numbers, or even use base ten block pictures to show numbers, tally marks, etc. There are lots of ways to use this bear with this chant!

So, the next time someone has animal cookies – don’t let them throw out their trash! Happy recycling!

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