Monday, July 21, 2014

Dollar Tree Find #5 {of 7} - A Goodie For Individualization!

Don't you just love finding something that helps with individualizing for the Smart Tarts in you class?  I was really excited to find these plastic protected index cards already on a metal ring with an elastic closure strap! Each pack has 50 cards inside, but the ring can be opened so you could even add more!
Imagine all of the possibilities ... each child could have there own for math +/or literacy.  There could be letters, sight words, math facts, vocabulary with picture, colors, shapes, and whatever else your heart can think of!  All of this will be PERSONAL TO THEM!  JUST THEM! How cool is that?!

These would also be great for "Early Finishers," and you could just hang them on a hook in your classroom for kids to use to practice many different skills.  They could even be LEVELED BY COLOR!  My goodness my mind is RACIIIIIINNNNNGGGG!  

I grabbed some Dollar Tree bingo dotters, DT markers, my personal Smart Tarts & camera for the next shots.  Here's what we did: **Each child's pack had their own name on it. **I wrote 3rd grade words in Violet's ring and letters in Mal's. **Then they reviewed the word or letter with me and if the knew it, I bingo dotted that card's corner {I WOULD RECOMMEND STICKERS OR STAMPS}.  **If they didn't know it, I left it as is.  That way I can see at a glance which ones they need more help with.  

My little stinker, Violet, knew them all, so I should have picked harder ones!!  

 These next couple of pictures inspired a future post when Mallon told me, "Hey Mama!  It looks like "hay yer" {hair}!!" 
Be on the look out!
See ... it DOES look like "hay yer!"
 Can you guess what letter he is saying?!
 See how you can tell which ones they know at a glance. LOVE IT!
Well, there ya have it... my fifth post.  If you can believe it, I still have more in me! :)  
See you tomorrow...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dollar Tree Find #4 {of 7} - Buttons Can Help Control Your Small Group!

Is this YOU at small group:
"Are you following along?"
"Pay attention."
"Do you know where we are?"
"When you are at Teacher Table I need you to focus..."
And on and on and on...

Well, let me tell you!  
These buttons will do the trick, or at least they will help!
So I got several packs of different shaped buttons from the arts and craft section of the Dollar Tree and I keep them in a pencil box.  Anytime I notice the kids on task, are able to answer a question, are participating, etc... they can earn a button.  On the flip side of that, they can also lose a button for not following along, being disruptive, etc...  When my group time is finished, the person with the most buttons get an extra something ... sticker, smelly, treasure, coupon or whatever I have in store for that day.  
It seems too simple, but the kids REALLY respond and LOVE IT!  I took some pics of one of my groups this past year.  
 They also liked matching their buttons up against each other's to see how many more/less they had.
Let me know if you think this will work in your group and SEE YA TOMORROW for yet another Dollar Tree find!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dollar Tree Find #3 {of 7} - Who Needs Whiteboards When You Can Have...

When I saw these at Dollar Tree I HOPED that they would actually be cool, and they ARE!  Each wipe off blackboard comes with a NEON marker with eraser lid {if you run out you can get more here: neon whiteboard markers}. 

As you can imagine you can do TONS of activities with these things.  If you only get a handful, you could use them at the Teacher Table or in Centers/Work Stations.  You could also get a class set and use them to vote, respond to questions, illustrate, etc... 

My personal Smart Tarts were totally excited to get to it.  First, they just wrote what they wanted and explored with how their writing would look.

After that, I dictated words for Violet to spell and Mal peeked and tried to follow her lead.
Next I gave her the word, "cat" and asked her to write a list of as many rhyming words that she could think of.  
The marker's quality for being a dollar product was really good.  They are also more vibrant than I hoped.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I also LOVE that it's magnetic on the back.
Mallon LOVES tornadoes, so I had him write the letter that tornado starts with and the he drew a "twista" next to it.
Hope you enjoyed this find and I'll see ya tomorrow for yet another goodie!!