Guess what I bought???

by becky on September 7, 2011

Well, I thought the day I got my own paper cutter was a fun day. Then, I thought that getting my Cricut was as excited as I could get. But, I stand corrected… this puppy made my day! Introducing my very own personal laminator! 🙂

I have to preface this with the following statement: If Macy’s Estee Lauder hadn’t run out of my face wash, if Michael’s hadn’t sold out of the black and white polka dot border “I” had run out of, OR if Barnes and Noble hadn’t run out of ANY 9-11 picture books, I probably wouldn’t have purchased my new toy. However, I had a BAD shopping day on Sunday, and wasted A LOT of gas, so when Monday morning rolled around and Lillie decided to go CRAZY at 5:45 am, I took the opportunity to go to a *different* Wal-Mart and Target and spend some hard earned money. This time around, I found white card stock (which is like out of season or something in IL. You can’t find it ANYWHERE), super cute halloween themed erasers from Target $1 Spot, and of course, I was enticed by the laminator. For the record, I may have made an unnecessary purchase but at least I got the best deal. If you are interested in buying one for yourself, go to W-Mart. There you can purchase the laminator for $24.99 and a 50-pack of laminating sheets for $10. At Target (which, I do LOVE Target, but I also LOVE saving $$) you would pay $26.99 for the laminator and $14.99 (say what???) for the laminating paper. Well, by 10:30 am, I had laminated a brand new set of Calendar numbers, homemade games for 9-11, and several classroom posters. How fun and now I didn’t have to worry about rushing to school early on Tuesday to heat up the school laminator. Oh, and the quality of the paper is awesome. So sturdy. Okay, laminator rant over. Go. Get. Your. Own. Now! 🙂

In other news, I wanted to share a few pics from my EASY, QUICK, and MEMORABLE Curriculum night project. It is called “Guess Who?” For a few years now, during the first few days of school, I have my students create 10 (or more) clues that describe them. Using me as  the example, the class and I brainstorm 5 *general* and 5 *detailed* clues about me. Here is what we came up with.

  1. I am a girl.
  2. I have a dog.
  3. I have only 1 sister.
  4. My best friend’s name is Lisa.
  5. My favorite holiday is Halloween.
  6. My hair is brown.
  7. I like to read.
  8. My favorite t.v. show is Grey’s Anatomy (P.S. when is it coming back???)
  9. My birthday is in October.
  10. I like to listen to music.

I encouraged them to throw in some details that pretty much set them apart from everyone else, because even though we want to try to trick our parents, we don’t want to totally confuse them. They ate it up. They were excited to see if their parents could pick out their clues.

Okay, after they generate their clues and we do some self and peer editing of spelling. Okay, let me rephrase that. We did A LOT of self and peer editing of spelling. Then, you can take this project in one of two ways. In the past, when I had a later curriculum night, my students would then type their clues on the laptops and print them out. However, this year, my grade level had a VERY early curriculum night so we didn’t have time to type them out. The kids were bummed because they said their parents would recognize their handwriting (which, of course they did 🙂 ) but I convinced them that they could still stump their moms and dads.

After they finish their final copy, take their picture (the more dramatic the better!), have them glue their clues to the front cover of an 11×18 sheet of construction paper folded hamburger bun style, glue their picture on the inside, and decorate their project. They LOVED creating them, the parents LOVED reading them, and I LOVED that I was able to put student work on the walls in the first week. Winners all around! Here are some pics of the final projects! 🙂

I’m ALWAYS trying to think up new ideas so if you have a cute, easy, and fun Parent Night Project, I’d love to hear it. It’s always fun to switch things up!

On that note, Glee is calling me and if I can’t see McSteamy and McDreamy then I’ll settle for crazy Sue Sylvester and her HILARIOUS rants. She is seriously a comic genius. Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer September 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

Loving that laminator!! *jealous* lol
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

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Kris September 7, 2011 at 1:30 am

I love your idea for Parent Night! I have my kids bring in their favorite t-shirt and then they make a paper head for it. The shirt goes on their chair and I attach the head to the chair as well so it looks like there is a child sitting there. The parents then have to come in and guess where their child sits. It is a super easy and fun project!

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Pat Baker September 7, 2011 at 1:42 am

I have a small Xyron laminator & love it. The problem with the xyron double sided lamination is that it is sometime too slick and my mounting tabs won’t work.

Have fun!
Pat

A Time to Share & Create

MY WEBSITE

Fabulous 4th Grade

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Erica September 7, 2011 at 1:59 am

Love your Guess Who wall! Our open house is coming up in two weeks. I definitely need to get something hanging up in the hallway.

http://ericashep.blogspot.com

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Becky September 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

LOVE your guess who wall, and I have the laminator too! It’s awesome. I do have a husband however who no longer let’s me do it myself…He thinks he is laminator king…LOL I only get to cut…. why can’t I talk him into that????

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Heather May 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I am the EXACT same way when it comes to my “unneccesary” (yet fun) purchases…I have my own paper cutter and the cricut was my splurge this year…I’m thinking the laminator will be next!

P.S. Love the parent night idea!

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Ashley June 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

What a GREAT. Idea! So doing this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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Mariela June 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

I also bought a laminator and never thought I would, because we have one at my school. However, it’s nice to be able to laminate in the comfort of your own home at 9pm or 5 am 🙂 and I wanted to share where I get my pouches. They are $10 for 100

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0006VZAZS

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Becky June 28, 2012 at 12:31 am

THANK YOU for sharing that with me. I was just out and almost bought 50 for almost $15 dollars! Looks like i’ll be placing an amazon order tonight!!! -Becky 🙂

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biddie October 5, 2012 at 6:30 am

thank you SO much! This blog is amazing but you sharing where you get your pouches is hugely helpful! Kills me to laminate at home because the pouches are so darn expensive. This is much better. Thank you!!

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Amy June 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I do the “Guess Who?” under a picture of the student’s back that I take on the first day. I title the board “Guess Who Came ‘BACK’ to School?” The families love this!!

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Robin July 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Check out http://www.laminationking.com you can get 200 sheets for $16

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Gwen July 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I too do something like that for Open house. I title my project, ” Who am Eye?”. I take pictures of the student’s eyes, then have them write clues about themselves. So when the parents enter they have to read the clues and find their child’s eyes.

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Jenna September 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

LOVE this idea with the eyes!

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Sierra Kunkel July 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

I just want to say I LOVE your BLOG, and POLKA DOTS too! I just accepted my 1st teaching job in 4th grade teaching all content areas. You have some great ideas, that hopefully I can implement in my future classroom! Keep up the great work!

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Brooke August 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

You can also purchase lamination sheet pockets at Sam’s or Costco if there’s one near you. You get 200 for about 20bucks!

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Jenni August 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

Thanks for the great idea!
Here is one in return: laminate your paper first, then cut it out on your cricut 🙂 All your stuff will be laminated and you won’t have to cut it out again with scissors. Have a great new year!

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Ashley Spence August 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I love the idea of a Guess Who board! I am your newest follower! Great blog 🙂

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Ashley Spence August 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Check out my blog too!

Third Grade Splasroom

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Jennifer August 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I did your original guess who post idea and I loved it! We had our Open house last week. The kids were so excited to play with their families. The parents loved seeing their children’s pics when they lifted up the paper. Best open house idea I’ve ever used! Thanks for sharing!

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Brittany August 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Love the guess who game! I’m going to try this for our parent night, and to switch up the writing I’m going to try and have the students write a partner’s clues down. Thanks so much for sharing !

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biddie October 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

this is a great idea! i love it. we’ve done one where we “quiz” the parents on their kids – the quiz could match up to this project and they could go together very nicely! thanks!!

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biddie October 5, 2012 at 6:36 am

(sorry – to clarify – we quiz the parents FIRST – then they have to find their child’s project after to find out how they did).

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Marina June 24, 2015 at 7:54 pm

That’s a brilliant activity! Thanks a million!

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Jill July 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

i just read your post today, about one week after I purchased my very own laminator. I never knew I would get such joy from an office appliance.

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Janice August 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Go to Sam’s or BJ’s for laminating sheets. Way cheaper than Walmart!

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Leslie August 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

I like this idea. I am a librarian so I will add the following clues: I like to read….. My favorite book character is >>>>>>

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Kay Moore October 5, 2015 at 12:39 am

We did this project with the kids writing things about their moms, since our Parent Day was close to Mother’s Day. I encouraged them to share things that were appropriate to know, but somehow unique. Some examples were: She plays the bagpipes, she takes horseback lessons, she loves pink, etc. I took pictures of the students holding up their clues, but only their hands could be seen holding them. We shared them on our Smartboard and the parents had fun trying to decide which Mom was identified by the clues.

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Stacey August 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm

I bought a laminator at staples and it does not work very well. The laminate gets stuck in the middle and it doesn’t feed properly. I am about to through it out the window and I am considering buying the brand that you did. Does it work well and have you had any problems with it? Thanks for answering!

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