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DOLLAR STORE ITEMS IN THE CLASSROOM
Teachers have the ability to go into a dollar store, pick out random items and turn them into a fantastic learning activity which is engaging and relevant. I just wanted to share a couple of these ideas that I have used in my classroom.
You can use pegs for lots of things. Clip charts, hanging artwork...but you can also use them for learning. In the pics below, we are using them to choose the medial vowel sound.
MAGNIFYING GLASSES AND FINGER LIGHTS
You can turn dollar store items into reading aids! I used these with my struggling readers during guided reading time and it was certainly more engaging!
PIPE CLEANERS AND BEADS
A fantastic tool for fine motor which links perfectly to Mathematics. You could use it for patterning, use two different colours to work on addition, or what we did in the pic below, use a tag on each pipe cleaner and students added that many beads.
PLASTIC SHOT GLASSES AND MINI POP STICKS
Another great fun activity. In these pics, I labelled each cup with a number, then students had to place that many sticks into the cup. To extend it for some, I had them order the cups. You could also do it as a colour sort, or even sight words!
I hope you have grabbed some bright ideas from this post. Please leave some of your own in the comments.
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