First, I'd like to show you my newest word work idea! I found foam counting blocks at the ever fabulous Dollar Tree, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do! I just started writing letters on each side with Sharpie, and viola! Letter cubes that can be manipulated to make words. Easy!
The next picture isn't really a project, per se, but I LOVE these magnets! I found them at Target, and I love how they look like ransom notes and magazine lettering! I always wanted to have kiddos cut letters out of magazines to spell words at school, but I had no idea how to keep my magazine supply nice and plump. Now I don't even have to worry about it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
While I'm off-topic and blabbing on and on about Target, let's take a looksie at another purchase, shall we? I saw a cute pin for listening ears a while ago from Jennifer Jones. (LOVE her!) When I saw this headband in the party aisle, I knew I had to have it! Yes, even third graders love to see their teachers act silly, and I totally plan on making the listening ears as a beginning of the year craftivity when I lay the groundwork for Reader's Workshop and active listening! Check out my listening ears!
and Cindy Gilchrist's Toolbox of Strategies! I also plan to use it with this fabulous free resource for synthesizing from Ms. Smarty Pants!
I love the little wooden critters they have at Pat Catans, and I know that there have been a lot of posts in the past about how to use them to create pointers, but I decided to make a "Brainstorm Box" instead. Since they were 50 cents or less, I picked up a TON. I wanted to have a concrete way for kids to think about topics to write about when they are feeling stuck, and I can't wait to use this with my kiddos! :) I'm hoping it will be a fun way to spark idea generation! You can pick up the label HERE if you think you can try this with your kiddos!
*Note: Pat Catans is a craft store. :) I didn't even think about it being a regional chain. They are all over Ohio and Pennsylvania! It's basically like a Hobby Lobby or Michael's.
While I was at Pat Catans (our craft store), I also picked up several costumes/vests. Even if you don't have a Pat Catans nearby, you could probably find them at your local craft store. They are by Darice, and I am pretty sure that's a fairly large company. I see their stuff all over the place. Anyway, I have passed the vests by so many times, and I always think, "Oh, that's cute, but that's too primary." Seriously, I am such a primary teacher at heart, because I LOVE cutesy activities, and truly, third graders eat it up with a spoon. Today, when I passed the vests, I was practically struck by lightning. Maybe it was because of the brainstorm box idea. Maybe having all of the wooden critters in my cart struck a nerve of some sort. Whatever the reason, I realized how much fun it would be to put them in a center to practice reading with voice and showing point of view. The vests were less than $2.00 each, so I couldn't pass them up. Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am a teacher hoarder! ;) You can download the label for this tub HERE, if you're interested! I'd love to hear what you think!
I think that this tub will be a HUGE complement to my Talking the Talk cards, and I cannot wait to launch all of these fun lessons this upcoming school year! (Although, truthfully, I am not about to wish away the rest of my summer just yet! I still have LOTS of projects to finish!)