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Silly sentences - for build sentence patterns with various nouns, verbs, articles, etc. Have kids write a story that includes the sentence they created.

Partner wheel: Put the kids you don't want together in the smaller circle and match them up to the kids in the larger circle!

fun activity for students when they are done with their classwork

technology rocks. seriously.: Polka Dot Letters

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Popsicle stick centers! (10 of them) sight words or spelling words...even just letters for kinder!

Math Fact BANG! Kids pull a stick, read the fact, answer correctly and they keep the stick. If they pull out a BANG they have to put all their sticks back. This would be good for multiplication.

TONS of teaching activities using Post-it notes. Ideas by teachers!

love2learn2day: Clothespin Fractions - order and compare fractions with clothespins from the Dollar Store. CCSS Fraction Standards in Grades 3 & 4. Definitely using this as a center next year.

"Making Words" using sticky notes... I like how it's divided into beginning, middle, and ending sounds... could switch to have blends at the beginning and single consonants at the end... could also add -ed, -s, -es, & -ing... or you could use onsets and rimes... lots of possibilities.

Popcorn Writing Center Activity: Students pick a yellow piece of popcorn (character) and a white piece of popcorn (setting) and write a short story. Containers can sometimes be found for $1 at Target's dollar section

flip books to teach reading

Flip TEN-Fun addition card game from Guided Math! Kids line up cards in four rows of five. Then, they flip two cards over. If the sum of the two cards equals 10, they keep the cards and replace the cards with two more from the deck. The game ends when there are no more matches left. Great for the start of the year in ANY grade! Finding friendly numbers is a skill ALL kids need to practice!

E is for Explore!: Flip Ten

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Work Mats: Greater than, less than and equal

value mats - how cool to make the greater/less/equal signs kids can manipulate!

word family activity from paper roll tubes and paint stirring sticks

Dollar store photo albums... Turn them into flashcard fun! Easy to write and wipe, just insert what you are working on. You could even just insert white paper and have them work on writing sight words, so many ways to use them!