Thursday, May 5, 2016

Team Packs



You know when you see a cool idea, then you obsess about it, and you realize that you HAVE to have it? That's what happened with these team packs. I saw them from Kagan, and I loved them. The Kagan ones come with markers, super thin whiteboards, crayons, and a spinner, and they retail for around $15. I wanted the same concept, but I didn't want to spend upward of $75 with shipping, so I decided to turn it into a DIY project! :)

I went to The Container Store to get the bubble envelopes. I was able to get them for $2.99 each. You can see them online here: Bubblopes.

After that, I used some Astrobrights paper to make the labels. I laminated them first and used Glue Dots to keep them down. Advice: Glue Dot the entire thing down. I did just the corners, and then the kids were putting their hand through it like a pocket.

As far as what I put in them goes, that changes all the time. That's another positive thing about the DIY method. For example, when we were working with persuasive techniques, I gave the kids blank paper, markers, and a mysterious item in another small bubble envelope. 


I think I'm going to use them as close reading toolkits, participation packs, and more. The kids  really like them both because they're different, and they're pretty. I had them out for a few days before we used them, and one girl said, "They are so pretty!" and another boy said, "I am very intrigued by these." Of course, I also received questions like, "Can I pop the bubbles?" Nonetheless, they were a hit, and I'm very excited about my $12.00 investment!

Leave a comment if you have any questions! :)

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5 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this!! Thank you for explaining the DIY method.
    How many of these do you have?
    Are they group or individual assignments?
    How do you introduce these to your class?
    Thanks again for sharing and tagging me on IG

    Trakeeta

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  2. No problem! :) I created four for now because I give one to each team, and I usually have my kids work in four different groups. I'll most likely always use them for group assignments.

    I didn't really need to introduce them. I just gave them to them and told them not to destroy them haha. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh! Isn't it amazing how the most simple of ideas work best?! I have been using manila folders with instructions and shoe boxes with supplies. Somehow, that is just too cumbersome and my students end up making a mess anyway :-/ Thank you for the inspiration. Instead of the bubble folders, however, I think I will buy the plastic accordion folders I have seen in the Target $1-45 bins. This way I can use the inside pockets to separate the forms/supplies I want them to use. Again, thanks so much!

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    1. It really is, Janie! I love simple ideas :) The accordion files sound great, especially for the organization idea that you mentioned! Thanks for YOUR inspiration! :)

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