Here are three of my favorite items I use to create that are always in my classroom.
#1 - Clothespins & Popsicle Sticks
Popsicle sticks and clothespins are two of those things that I didn't understand a need for until I started teaching first grade. Now, I think I have at least 500 of each in my craft tub at all times. I have everyday Popsicle sticks and clothespins, but I have to say, I love the colored ones. One thing that I like doing is writing math facts on them. Then, my kids sort them into cups or piles. You can also write the answers on the back if you want to let your kids self-check and see if they got them right. This is literally a quick, hands-on center that is easy to throw in when you may need an extra center. Oh, and if you need to differentiate this activity, you can let your higher kids make up their own facts.
#2 - Hangers
#3 - Construction Paper
Oh, construction paper, how much do I love you? Yeah, I don't think I'm going to worry about counting the ways. I have an obsession with fun colors. My storage cabinet has all of my construction paper organized by color and size. One thing I think most of us have at school is construction paper. One thing that I make for one of my centers is ice cream cones. All you need is a circle die cut and a triangle die cut. If the triangle isn't the shape you are wanting, you can always draw them yourself which I do a lot. Once you finish cutting everything out, make sure you write on them. You can do nouns, verbs, and adjectives or even word problems. Be sure to laminate them when you are finished so you can keep them from year to year.
Alright those are just a few of my ideas. If you are looking for more awesome ideas, then definitely visit the next blog in this hop. It is written by one of my closest blogging friends Lisa Mattes.
Seriously, you don't want to miss reading about how she organizes her book boxes. If you are in a bit of a hurry, you may also visit the link up below. It includes all the lower grade teachers in this hop and the topics they are covering.
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