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Paper Saving Ideas for your Classroom

May 12 Deedee 3 min read

If you are like me, you are always looking for paper saving ideas for your classroom.  I would prefer to NOT have stacks and stacks of former trees in my life.  The Lorax would be so proud!

Paper Saving Ideas for your Classroom

Play a word study card game

In my classroom we have always played card games.  Card games are a great paper saving activity.  Sure, you need to copy the cards onto card stock, but then you can use them for YEARS!

Vowel Team Phonics Game Cards

Students LOVE these Star Wars themed CVCe word cards.

Paper Saving Ideas for your classroom

This little cute is playing with a vowel team set.

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You can find these files below:

Alphabet Card Games,   Short Vowel Card Games,  Vowel Team and CVCe Card Games

We also love to play SNAP! in my classroom.   We are playing the Beginning Digraph and Blends version here.  To play, we turn over a phonics card [example below:  wh].  All the students quickly scan their cards to see if they have one that starts the same way.  The first one to say “SNAP!” gets to turn their card over.  The goal is to turn over all of their phonics cards.  Since they are all scanning at that the same time, every student is engaged.  No passive learning here!  You can see this bundle of activities HERE.  It is currently 50% while the bundle is still growing… so hurry!

Paper Saving Ideas for your Classroom

Work on reading fluency

Sight word fluency and Fry word phrase fluency has been a staple in my classroom.  Students practice reading as fast as they can…

Fry word phrase fluency cards

while their partner times them.  I have made a recording sheet, but honestly I don’t think it is necessary.

You can find this timer HERE.

Paper Saving Ideas for your classroom

In the Time Me: Reading Fluency station, students start the year off reading alphabet cards.  Then they move onto Dolch sight words.  Finally, students work on phrases.  I added an editable page, so you can have your students focus on whatever sight word list your school uses.  You can see all of the various themes HERE.Paper Saving Ideas for your classroom

Use a Page Protector

I made these Sight Word Spelling Games a long time ago.  I have since updated them and I have plans to add a few more.  There is a response page for them, but I wanted to offer a paper saving option.

Sight Word Spelling Game

How do you play?   Partner 1 reads the card to Partner 2 without showing the card.  Partner 2 writes the word on a piece of paper that has been placed in a page protector.  I have had these page protectors for a long, LONG time.  However, I have found something similar HERE.

Sight Word Spelling Game

After the check that they have spelled the word correctly, they simply erase the word.  If they wrote the word incorrectly, they just make the correction.  Then they roll the die to move their game piece.

Sight word Spelling Game

Like I said, I have a few versions of this game.  Yes!  They are editable, so you can add your own sight words or spelling lists. I had been asked if I would make more… so I did!  I bundled them together and you can currently get the bundle for 50% off while I work on completing it.  You can find that bundle HERE.

Sight Word Spelling Game

Math Games without Response Sheets

There are plenty of hands on math activities that are paper saving.  All of these math activities are part of my Math Work Station units.  You can see them HERE.

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Reusable Exit Ticket

 Jacque Barton over at the blog My Adventures in Teaching has some additional tips but these FREE exit tickets.  You can find them by clicking HERE.
Paper Saving Ideas for your classroom
There you have it!   I would love to hear of other paper saving ideas you use in your classroom!
Paper Saving Ideas for your Classroom

1 Comment

  • Brenda Lang May 14 at 9:06 am

    Oh-Em-Gee!!! I’m with you Dee Dee, and the Lorax of course! I’m SO tired of paper piles! Maybe it’s the time of year. Here is one paper saving idea that I use that incorporates accountability (which my sweeties desperately need:)).
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CVC-Word-Building-Common-Core-1159518
    It’s paper saving, ink saving, low prep and differentiated (four levels currently). They are CVC word building record sheets. One sheet per student lasts several weeks. I introduce them when they have mastered letter sounds and segmenting. Here is a post which shows how I use them and a FREEBIE to try.
    http://www.breninroom10.com/2014/06/cvc-word-building.html
    My students L-O-V-E it when they finish a record sheet because we all give them a round of applause and some woo-hoos!

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