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A great idea for silent reading time: Turn all lights on, then turn one off every five minutes to give students have a visual cue of how much time they have left to read.

"I used this touch light during small reading groups, when the light is on students cannot approach me or interrupt. When the light is off they can ask questions which is usually when I transition between groups. My kids loved it and it was only $1 at the dollar tree! Cool idea!

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Beaded number rods for subtraction! Great visual for students with special needs. Adding concrete materials when performing simple operations, helps build number sense to ensure students are relating quantities to symbols (numbers). For this and more great ways to use beads and pipe cleaners in your math lesson, go to: http://commoncoreconnectionusa.blogspot.com/2014/12/beaded-number-rods.html

First, teacher blows some bubbles and, as expected, the kids all pop them. Then, she challenges them to NOT pop the bubbles even if one lands on the tip of their nose. Introduce the concept of self control and launch a discussion about stopping to think before you act. You can refer back to the lesson again and again. "Think about that time when we didn't pop the bubbles..."

"Punch cards are great ways to motivate students to reach goals. Students will most likely engage in a little friendly competition, comparing their progress with friends and classmates to see who can rack up the most punches in the least amount of time.” - Amy, Education Product Development Specialist for Oriental Trading Company