Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Inexpensive Glue

I apologize for not writing more. Unfortunately we suspended science for a couple of weeks in our classroom, at the end of a unit, in order to practice for our state writing exam, which students took yesterday. I am happy to write that we are back to science and started our unit on light, electricity and magnets. Students worked on their title page yesterday and will finish up today on our modified schedule after the second part of the state test is given.

Today's post is about inexpensive glue. As a notebooker I have gone through TONS of glue, so much in fact that I joined Elmer's Glue Crew for recycling glue bottles - and extended it school wide.

I tend to buy glue when it goes on sale at the beginning of the year and generally have 4 bottles in my supply bins for each table grouping (I have five table groupings). I was hoping that would last the entire year but sadly it has not. I ran out of school money in our classroom budget and was faced with buying glue refill at Staples for $20. Luckily I ran into another science notebooker in our district, Donna Moore - 7th Grade Science, and she discovered that Lowes sells Elmers Glue All in their paint department for approximately $10. I ran out immediately and purchased two jugs of it. Next year I will put glue bottles on my school supply list for students (I didn't have any input this year so glue sticks reign supreme in our environment, which don't work as well in notebooks because of the drying out factor).
I cut the top off of a plastic water bottle and had my classroom volunteers use it as a funnel to fill my empty bottles.


Marla Teal said...

Why do you have glue at each table? I thought you glued the sheets in for them? I am just trying to figure out my own management of this which is why I am asking.

Eve Heaton said...

For the most part I glue in pages but I keep glue in supply boxes in case I don't have time or we are doing another project that requires it. I have some of my students glue in during homeroom in the morning and they get the glue from those boxes. Good luck! Alot of the management is through trial and error. I am doing away with table supplies this year - the students were too distructive. I put together boxes (plastic shoe box type) with glue in one, sissors in another, etc. I think it will be easier.