How to Make CHUNKY CRAYONS for your classroom.

Have YOU ever made

CHUNKY CRAYONS?


ALL kids LOVE to draw.
They LOVE big, chunky crayons!

MAKE THEM!

Use the broken crayons from your classroom...
AND
BEG OTHER TEACHERS FOR THEIRS!

Teachers LOVE to get rid of broken crayons.

Then ...start searching stores ( including thrift stores, Goodwill, etc )
for silicone shaped candy molds!

If not... my BFF...AMAZON PRIME!

You are NOT making food...
They can be "recycled" ...wink , wink!



I found some snowmen, trees, and gingerbreadmen 
at Goodwill for $1.00 !!

Now what?

Have the kids...
YES THE KIDS
...take off ALL the paper wrappers!

DON'T  TELL  THEM  WHY!  :)




Paper wrappers ...I did them MYSELF!

Should have had kids do them...
they would have ENJOYED IT! :)



Gingerbreadman

Christmas Trees


Lots DONE... FAST...EASY


If you don't have a LOT (it takes a LOT) of broken crayons,
ask for donations from other teachers.

Bring the unwrapped, broken crayons home.

Break up the crayons into LITTLE  chucks!

Put them into the molds...press them down a little.

Place molds onto a cookie sheet.

 Bake 60 minutes (1 hour) at 200 degrees.

Take them out & let them cool.
If rushed...PUT THEM IN THE FREEZER!

(Don't POP them out...until they are SOLID.)

POP them out...

and   VOILA!



I also made them in the SUMMER.

Check out this blog post.

More fun making CHUNKY  CRAYONS!

Have fun! 

Let me know if YOURS work or not.


HI HO.. HI HO It's OFF to High Frequency Work..WE GO!

High Frequency Words...or  Sight Words
(depending on your generation..) :)
Back in the "OLDEN DAYS" when I became a teacher...
( um...Let's just say in the late 80's..)
I was taught to work on HFW (High Frequency Words) DAILY!
These are the words my student's would see in their daily reading.
Some can be "sounded out" and some JUST HAVE TO BE MEMORIZED!
In order to memorize a word...a student MUST work with it at least
30 times!
WHAT???!!!!
Each word???   YEP!
So we do...DAILY!
Now the list of grade level words is ever changing.
You can see FRY WORD LISTS, DOLCH word lists, CURRICULUM word lists...
BUT the main focus is NOT on the LIST,
BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT!
Again...to embed a word into a first grader's BRAIN..
they must work with it at least 30 times!
(Some kids more..some kids less)
HOW??
READ.....WRITE....SPEAK
Say it with me, "READ..WRITE..SPEAK"
OK. Now the work begins.
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
These samples came from Pinterest..
MANY,MANY,MANY boards to help YOU
create a class list &
MANY, MANY, MANY
different activities to help your kids
WORK WITH HFW!
They need to practice DAILY!
I myself, am a KINESTHETIC learner...HANDS ON!
NOT a SUPER fan of worksheets.
( Yes..we do some..I AM ONLY HUMAN!)
Thank You PINTEREST!
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
Sight Words
And so you see...Practice..practice..practice..
This year my class is a One-to-one classroom with ipads!
(THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER DREAMED OF THIS!)
My newest LOVE is an app called
"SHOW ME!"
Ipad app Show Me
It's an individual interactive whiteboard!
We play word games, I SPY, word ladders, etc.  each on their own tablet..
and then SWISH!
CLEAR ALL...and we start again!
We do daily practice for about 10 minutes.
That's about ALL they need in a "chunk" of time 10-15 minutes.
Later in the day...they each have individual word rings.
I have sets available in my store or you can search TPT for others.
Here's a sampling...
High Frequency Word BUNDLE TPT
TPT 1stgradefireworks
High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

Available at:
And so...
HI  HO 
HI  HO
It's OFF to HFW
WE GO!
Enjoy! :)

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