Although I've always admired them, I never really had the need for these stools in my own classroom until recently. Right before spring break my 4th grade students and I did a one week "trial" of flexible seating. It was a wonderful way to see if flexible seating was going to be beneficial for my students and do-able for me. For 5 days, we adjusted our tables so that we had 2 standing tables, 2 floor tables, a stool table, and a regular table and chairs. Throughout the week, the stool table was by far the most popular!
At the end of the week, students wrote to me and shared their experience. They also got a chance to privately vote on whether or not they wanted to keep flexible seating for the rest of the year. Overwhelmingly, students voted yes... thus the need for crate seats!
This week was spring break for my school district, so I had a bit of time to take on a Classroom DIY project. The Great Crate Seat Construction project was underway!
I bought my crates from The Container Store. They were $9.99 each, but are heavy duty. I purchased a sheet of plywood from Home Depot for $19. I love that Home Depot will cut the wood for you. That really sped up this project! I had the nice man at HD cut 14" x 14" squares for the seats.
I decided to buy the 2 in. thick cushion. There were other choices that were much thinner, but I wanted to make sure my kiddos were comfortable sitting on these seats all day. I ended up having to piece together some of the foam because I didn't have enough for 6 complete squares. I cut the pieces and, using some spray adhesive, attached them to the board. Once the fabric was on you couldn't tell that it wasn't one complete square. Yay!
Here is one of the finished cushions. My technique improved after the first few.
Once the fabric was attached, the hubby screwed a 12" x 12" square of wood to the back of the cushion. My milk crates don't have an inner lip for the cushion to sit down in, so the cushions will sit on the outer rim of the crate. This 12" x 12" will keep the seat secure on the crate.
Voila! The finished crate seats! A little pop of spring for my classroom! They make my heart pitter patter a little bit.
Here they are all stacked up and ready to take to school tomorrow! Another Classroom DIY project completed!
I hope you'll stop back by to check out my next blog post! I'll be sharing my new classroom seating arrangement! I've been working hard this week to get my classroom ready for our "Foray into Flexible Seating!" and am excited to share the process we went through, seating choices, and lots and lots of photos!
Another project I worked on and completed over my spring break is my seventh Word Problem of the Week set. If you aren't familiar with this resource, it is a set of word problems that supports the teaching, development, and use of the 8 Mathematical Practices while also supporting 4th grade CCSS.
The resource includes a PDF and PowerPoint slideshow of 5 real world word stories/situations that connect to special days or events during the month. Each story has 3 mathematical problems associated with it (each varying in difficulty and skill), as well as an opportunity for students to "Critique the Reasoning of Others".
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Thank you for stopping by! If you have an idea for another Classroom DIY project, one you've done or one you'd like to see done, please share it in the comment section! Also, if you have ideas for my readers on how to improve the seat crate construction, please feel free to share that also! I appreciate your comments and ideas!
Until next time,