I went to a math professional development workshop last week and came out with some awesome new ideas for materials. The best part is that they are cheap and easy to make.
I found this huge pack of highlighters on sale at Staples. I plan to use them and have the kids use them for a variety of reasons e.g. sight words, writing etc. However, I am most excited about using them to label my math cards!
As a second year teacher, I was apparently oblivious to this fabulous idea, until I came across highlighted tens frames cards at the math workshop. I studied the edges of the cards and quizzically asked my colleague, "Those are cute, but what's the point?" She just looked at me and laughed.
She then let me in on the greatest idea since personal laminators...you can highlight the edges of cards, so that the decks stay together!
No more homeless cards laying forlornly on the floor until they get shoved into another box that probably isn't the right one. Now, all the cards are color coded, so the students can keep them together (in theory). If you can't already tell, I am very excited about this idea!
Here's how my first sets turned out.
Huge Foam Dice
I found these at Dollar Tree and thought they were too cute not to buy. My thoughts were that cool, colorful dice might jazz up old dice games, and that they should not go flying across the room into dark corners where I can never find them.
Last, but certainly not least.
Base 10 Binder Rings
I love these because they are small and fit more easily on a place value chart. Plus, they allow kids to see tens and ones in a different way, so that they apply the concept more broadly. I also use straws, popsicle sticks, base 10 blocks, and unifix cubes.
The only warning I have for these is that the beads are small and might get lost easily, so I have only been using them in small groups. That way I can
Well, those are my Fabulous Finds!
Let me know what you think and share your own ideas in a comment!