I’m linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics to share my craftyness today!
A few months ago, I was contacted by Ellison Education to try out their handy dandy AllStar SuperStar cutting machine! Well, I love a chance to try anything that is easier than the cutting machine in our workroom-it’s a workhorse! Plus, they never buy new dies and the ones we’ve had since I attended my school as a student are just not what I need!
This little baby is ready to go right out of the box! Just attach the handle and you’re all set!
We were smack dab in the middle of our time math unit and life cycle science unit at the time, so my choice of die cuts was pretty easy! I was so really excited to find the clock diecut! No more having the kids cut out those itty-bitty clock hands from our math workbooks! And I knew these were ones my team could use for a long time to come. Plus those little froggies are adorable!
I needed to make a schedule display for the new classroom. We get a new schedule each year, so I knew it needed to be something easy to change too! So, I pulled out my Astrobright cardstock, the Ellison AllStar Superstar, and the analog clock die cut. I ALWAYS use analog clocks for the schedules because a huge challenge in our math curriculum is telling time to the 5 minute intervals. And they come with a blank slate every single year! If they wanna know when recess is-they better learn to tell time!
Here’s a 3-step guide to making your own schedule that you can change year to year!
1. Make an acrylic sandwich (position your die foam side up with your paper on top of it between the two included cutting boards)
2. lay it on the machine and push it up next to the rolling cutter
3. turn the handle!
So easy, a kid could (and will) do it! Adult supervision is obvious here, but your students could easily make little clocks to practice time with in class. I will definitely use this to make our “student made” schedule during our math unit as well. Just add brads (or paper fasteners, or whatever you happen to call them!) and that’s it!
For now, we only know what time the bell rings…yes, that’s correct. Our day begins at 7:05 AM! and what time my grade level goes to block class. I’ll be adding the rest of the times as soon as I know them!
Another great tool on the Ellison Education website is the huge collection of projects.
Here are some projects I plan to use in the upcoming year!
- Frog Facts booklet using the frog life cycle die I got
- A Sponge Garden ( I LOVE this idea!) using a star die that my school already owns
- Shape projects I already use the school’s many shape die cuts, but now I can do it right in our classroom!
- Frog Life Cycle I use Linda’s Frog Life Cycle on a String, but won’t this be easier than cutting!
- My Hero cards for Veteran’s Day or Community Unit
- Earth Day Booklets (Boy was I happy to see an Earth die cut! I hate cutting out those continents!)
Right now, Ellison Education has a nice sale going on! Enter promo code E0715WB at checkout and get 25% off a $100 order! That’s the cutting machine alone!
The machine is definitely worth the investment. The cutting boards last up to 1,000 cuts, there are tons of die options, and you can even use those adorable Sizzix dies from craft stores!
Happy Monday! I hope you link up with Tara so I can get lots of ideas!
disclosure-Ellison Education provided me with a Superstar machine and products in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own and no compensation was awarded.