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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Have You Heard About Bouncy Bands?

Teachers are always looking for A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. to help all kids, but especially for those who might need a little extra something something to help them focus. You've read my earlier post about flexible seating {click HERE if you missed it} and some ideas for implementation in your classroom. 

Here's another idea that I KNOW works.


When I was a principal, several teachers provided Bouncy Bands for students who needed that extra little motion to keep them focused on their work.

My daughter  is using them in her classroom this year. Although she thought she had pinpointed the students who would NEED to use them, she was surprised at the kids who ASKED to use them.
One kiddo said he didn't see how that would help him focus, but he's a regular user now.




For those times when they are working at their seats, just that little elastic band helps keep them focused and paying attention to their work.

Bouncy Bands are easy to install and surprisingly quiet. There are two different types--one for desks and one for chairs. If you'd like to give them a try, visit the website by clicking HERE. See the research behind the bands, get info on how to apply for financial help through Donors Choose, and read testimonials from users. If you order by September 30, you can receive  TEN PERCENT OFF your order if you use the code POTPOURRI.

It's worth the time checking the website out. Even if you don't need a classroom set, I really don't think you will regret ordering a few Bouncy Bands for those students you know need them. Don't be surprised, though, if you don't have to make a sign up sheet to rotate them through ALL your students, just like my daughter did.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Foul! Foul! Foul! Plural Nouns Freebie

Bring out the competitive nature of your kiddos and throw in a just a little bit of chance with this freebie. Students draw a card, spell the plural form of the noun, and keep the card if they are correct. If they draw a FOUL card, they lose all their cards.

This has always been a favorite in my classroom. Try it out with your kiddos and let me know what you think.

Just click on the pic below to get the freebie.



Don't forget to visit my TpT store. I've added several new products and am working on more.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

FLASH SALE at My TpT STORE!

Let's celebrate Labor Day weekend with a flash sale!

Click on over to my TpT store by clicking HERE and get twenty percent of all of my products.

I've got several new products that I've added recently, including a few sets for Reading Street's Third Grade selections.

In addition to the Reading Street selections, check out Game of Plurals--chock full of activities for forming all kinds of plurals. Just click on the pic below.


If you're looking for a resource on expanding sentences from simple to compound and complex forms, click on the pic below.


Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

FLASH SALE at My TpT STORE!

It's still Back to School time for a lot of districts, so I wanted to help out and throw a sale in my TpT Store. EVERY item is twenty percent off.
Every. Single. One.

I've got several new products, including one on Analyzing Character Traits and one on abstract Nouns.




Click below to visit and mark some items off your wish list. Sale ends Monday night, September 4.


If you missed my post earlier today, go check it out now for a multiplication freebie!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!






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Multiplication Gimme Game Freebie

I believe that our kiddos MUST be fluent in multiplication and division facts, BUT I don't think every child will learn those facts through "drill and kill" rote memorization.

Once you've given them manipulatives and let them build arrays to help them truly understand multiplication and division, I think games are a fun way to help them develop the necessary fluency they will need to work higher-level problems.

This freebie is perfect for a fun way to develop fluency. Similar to Go Fish, your kiddos will try to be the first to get all four cards in a multiplication/division fact family.

Just click on the pic below to get your copy!


Show the love below with a comment! Let me know if there are any certain skills you'd like a freebie for.






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hip! Hip! Array!

Here's an oldie, but goodie!

Your kiddos will match up a multiplication sentence with an array. It's one of the very first activities I created, so it's not very polished, but it's still pretty good practice!

Click on the pic below to download.


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Can't Beat Super Heroes and Timers!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Add a timer to a station and it's MAGIC!

Throw in super heroes on top of that, and you've got a winner!

This free card game is a perfect way to sneak in some fluency practice with multiplication.
Instead of reciting the facts, students must answer an equation such as 4 x ? = 36.

Just click on the pic above to get your freebie!

Leave me a SUPER comment below and let me know what you think of the game.