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    coffee cans
    By myoung

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    I've never heard of using coffee cans for mailboxes, but I do use them for TONS of things in my classroom--mostly storage-type stuff (art supplies, etc.) I use coffee cans instead of baskets for students to turn in things to me (I have a Notes-for-Me can, Lunch Money can, and Papers to Grade can). You could attach coffee cans to students' desks (or in the middle of their desks if you have groups of desks) to hold pencils, whatever. I also use coffee cans to make ice cream on field day at the end of the year. You need 1 small and 1 large coffee can for each pair of students to make ice cream. You put the ice cream ingredients inside the small can (cream, sugar, vanilla, and whatever else you want--chocolate, strawberries, whatever) and duck tape the lid on. Then you put the small can inside the large can and pack it in with layers of rock salt and ice. Put the lid on (you may want to tape it too). Then students sit about 3 feet from each other and roll the can back and forth. After about 15 min. or so--taa daa! Ice cream. We did this as a culminating activity for an end-of-year Invention Unit and it was a big hit (they invented their own flavor of ice cream).

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