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The Price Is Right

By Allie Magnuson on November 28, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K

My "Giving Tree" lesson for Thanksgiving was a rousing success with my students. They're still finding things to give each other, even outside of school. Now that I'm reassured of their spirit of giving and their attitude of gratitude, I thought I'd turn my attention to something that I, myself, am thankful for.

I teach at an outdoor school, meaning there are no indoor hallways connecting the classrooms — the sidewalks function as our hallways. This can be a challenge, so I came up with a plan to help my kindergartners move about safely. I went to Lowe's for materials and it turned into a very frugal and worthwhile trip. Check it out:

 

 

Reflector tape for sidewalk lanes: $2.98

 

 

Color-coded mini reflectors for classroom doors: $1.96

 

 

Double-sided reflective markers for traffic control: .62

 

Helping kids navigate their school without problems: PRICELESS

There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's a bargain. I'm thankful for both.

Friends, family, colleagues, students, and parents . . . as always, I'm thankful for you. And you, too, readers!

 

~Allie

 

 

Comments (4)

I loved your article.Thanks Again.
bash

Very creative, Kudos to you Allie.

I'm from New England, and I had never heard of a school with outside hallways! It looks like you know exactly what you are doing. Do you ever incorporate traffic laws or road signs into your daily walks? It's never too early to start teaching driving safety!

Wow, I love the idea and would love more information! I too, work at a school with outside hallways and getting our students to line up in the right spot, walk in the halls appropriately is always a challenge. It looks like you may have found a way to solve that! Do you have any other photos of where and how you used your supplies? I also work with Kinders. I am thankful for all your help and many more of your bloggers. You are all such a great source of information and ideas...THANKS.

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