Target $ Spot Find = Word Choice Resource

One day during this last school year while I was circulating throughout my classroom, I came across one of my students who was working on writing. I noticed that besides her pencil, she also had a handful of colored pens lined up next to her Writer’s Notebook. I watched over her shoulder as she wrote. Every time she added a descriptive word to her writing, she would write that word using one of the colored pens. Then she would continue with pencil. Her descriptive adjectives and verbs were colorful and stood out on the page. I thought and commented, “What a great idea!” However, I hate to admit, I didn’t give it much thought after that moment. Recently, while I was reading one of my “teacher books” I came across an idea that reminded me of my student with the colorful pens. These ideas sparked one of my own:

I found this pen holder at, where else, but Target’s Dollar Spot! Then I printed up a label and fit it into the frame. I’ve been slowly buying packs of colored pens to fill it with each time I’m at Target (which is AT LEAST once a week). {This is one way I trick myself into not thinking that I’m spending too much money on my classroom. Each time I go, I pick up one or two little things. It can’t add up to that much. Can it!?}

In the past my students loved any chance they got to use cool pens and markers in my class. I think that having these available for students will encourage them to use more descriptive verbs and adjectives in their writing. Plus, it’s a nice way to add some flare to their writing, while highlighting their creativity. I’m so excited to use these next year!

20 comments

  1. Great idea & I LOVE the pen holder! I haven't seen these at my Target yet!

    Rachel
    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

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  2. Love this idea! I use the spending trick on myself all of the time. I would hate to know how much I am really spending!

    Jennifer

    http://3rdgradelearners.blogspot.com/

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  3. This is fabulous! I am so excited, I would love to try this...pen holder and everything. I can see my students using this in their writing. And I love your rationale for getting a pack of pens at a time--totally makes sense!! Thank you!
    Kristen :)

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  4. LOVE IT!!!!! I will have to look for this pen holder at my target!

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  5. I love the idea of using the picture holders. I use colored pencils to dissect and analyze text for craft. One more way to put your colored pens to use!

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  6. I often use my special coloured pens from Smiggle for children to add adjectives and adverbs as well as an emotion.
    They love it...

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  7. I don't even want to think how much I have spent on all of the "good deals" I have come across so far this summer LOL! I love the idea of the colored pens. As a rule, in 2nd grade we just use pencil, but this would be great for a writing center activity. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Great tip! I picked one up at Target today! :)

    ✼ Mrs. Kincaid
    Mrs. Kincaid’s First Grade

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  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS IDEA!!!

    Hadar
    Miss Kindergarten

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  10. Okay, I found the box at Target! Will you email me the label you made? misskindergarten@hotmail.com

    Thanks :)
    Hadar

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  11. I am a new follower! I love this idea! My firsties are gonna pass out when they find out they can use colorful pens! I call them "space invaders" when they are hovering around my desks & drooling over my school supplies. I think they get the obsession of school supplies from their teacher..lol.
    Check out the freebie I just posted & hopefully you will follow me too.
    Peace, Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

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  12. This is an AWESOME idea!!! LOVE it. Thanks so much for sharing.

    misst4th.blogspot.com

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  13. Wonderful idea.
    http://k5teachermeade.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thank you for the great idea! I am on vacation and made my husband stop at the 1st Target I saw! I found 2 holders and was happy as a Lark! Thanks again...

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  15. Thanks for the colorful idea! It's been added to my To Do List!
    Sally
    Mrs. O's Garden

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  16. Love your blog and this idea! I saw it on Pinterest and before I could pin it, my computer lost it! So I spent awhile searching and then lucky me, someone I was following pinned it! YEAH! Cute idea and thanks for sharing the labels!
    Kim @ SaylorsLog

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  17. Found this one on Pinterest, too! And I am SO EXCITED to find not only your blog, but the entire world of "crafty teacher blogs". It's kind of blowing my mind to discover a combination of 3 things I love: blogging, crafts, and teaching! I might have to go make another blog!

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  18. Wonderful idea! Can't wait to get to Target to find some of these pen holders! Thanks for inspiring me to kick my Writing classroom up a notch!

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  19. I saw this on Pinterest as well and it's such a great idea. Even better is the lesson that classroom can teach us that sometimes kids can teach the theachers. I'm going to add this to our at home writing area.

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