I can’t deny that I love any excuse to shop or buy things for my classroom. As much as I love a good deal, I also love finding things that are practical and unique for my class. I am going to share with you Part 1 of my favourite finds, starting with this set of dice.
DIE IN A DIE
Before I found a storage solution for my dice, they were always getting lost or misplaced. Nine year old’s are really good at doing that… In order to prevent that from happening, I started storing two dice in a small container. This kept them contained and allowed for students to roll the dice while they remained in the container. But fast forward to 2021 when I came across these large die in a die on Amazon. Life changing, I tell ya!
I have seen these in a smaller version but this larger size makes all the difference. They are easy to spot if they end up on the ground and the number on the inside die is very easy to read. These are so useful when you need to roll two dice, especially when working on Number Sense and Numeration or Probability. It does not hurt that they are also colourful!
GROUP MAKING PENCIL CRAYONS
Most students enjoy group work and I am all for students choosing their own group…but not all the time. That is why I use these group making pencils when I need to create groups at random. The set comes with such a great variety of options for grouping. All you need to do is write the students’ names on each pencil with a dry-erase marker. Then, you can decide if you want to group students by colour, number or shape on the pencil. I used to write their names on a popsicle stick or sometimes on sticky notes but this seems like a more eco-friendly solution.
I know sand timers are nothing to brag about, but it was only recently that I discovered this set of TIMED sand timers. Each timer is designed for a specific time to elapse. I have used a clock or egg timer in class before, but I find these to be better visuals for students. Time can be an abstract concept for some students, so it is a lot easier for students to see how much time they have left. They can be used as a classroom management tool or to help a student with special needs. Otherwise, they can be used for science and math experiments.
These new little gadgets seem to be all the rage now. I made sure I snatched a few before they became impossible to find. So far, I have only used them to practice word work, such as counting syllables and sounding out words. I have seen others use them to spell letters or for counting practice. They can also be used to practice addition. Each shape is unique so you can come up with different variations of activities to do based on the shape and number of dots you can pop.
I am always looking for new tools for my kids to use with their sensory bins. I was so happy when I came across this set. I love the variety of tools included and they are perfect for little hands. The dropper is always a favourite. These are great because each tool helps kids practice a different fine motor skill.