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5 Clever Ways to Use Magnetics in the Classroom

Teacher Created Resources Magnetics

Teachers know how important it is to stay organized. Bulletin Boards and centers are essential to keeping organization in the classroom, but sometimes there may not be enough bulletin board or wall space in your classroom. Using magnetics in your classroom saves space and time so you can efficiently manage your classroom. Take a look at these 5 clever ways to use magnetics in the classroom.

Chalkboard Brights Magnetics - Teacher Created Resources1. Where We Are Center

Create a Where We Are Center in the classroom to keep track of class whereabouts. Use Magnetic Letters to list common locations where the class may be. Have a student move a Magnetic Arrow Accent to the new location prior to leaving the classroom. This way, if a student is late or another teacher is looking for the class, they will be able to locate where the class is. To make the center stand out, you could add bright yellow bulletin board paper and Chalkboard Brights Magnetic Strips. The photo above shows the Where We Are Center on the side of a metal file cabinet. The great thing about Magnetic Letters, Accents, and Strips is that you can use them on old furniture or any unused metal space in your classroom.

Superhero Magnetic Teacher Created Resources

2. Super Sentences

Super Sentences is a great whiteboard activity that the whole class can participate in. Create an area on your whiteboard for this activity by using Magnetic Border Trim. Write 4-5 sentences with grammatical errors. Have a student use Magnetic  Punctuation Marks Magnetic Accents to correct the sentences.
Teacher Created Resources Magnetic Labels

3. Class Poll

Need to do a class poll? Use Magnetic Letters to ask students a question or put up a topic on the whiteboard. Write down the possible answers below it, leaving space for student names. Write each name on a Magnetic Label and have each student add the Magnetic Label with their name on it to their answer. In the example above, the teacher asked students to help decide what sport they would play outside. She created a Favorite Sport Poll on the whiteboard.

Magnetic Numbers Teacher Created Resources

4. Attendance Board

Help your student learn responsibility by having them track attendance. This will not only give students the pride of handling their own task but also helps manage the start of the school day. Arrange a I’m Here and Absent column using Magnetic Letters and Magnetic Border Trim. Place Polka Dot Number Magnetic Accents representing each student in the Absent column. Every morning as the student comes in, have them  move their number from the Absent column to the I’m Here Column.

Lunch Count Magnetic Board

5. Lunch Count Board

Keep track of lunches by creating a Lunch Count area. We used the side of metal book case in the photo above.  First, write each student’s name on Plastic Craft Sticks and set aside. Use Magnetic Strips to designate your space. Write Lunch Count, Hot Lunch, Brought Lunch & Salad Bar on Large Polka Dots Label Magnetic Accents. Place the Polka Dots Magnetic Accents in your space, leaving room for three library pockets. Add one library pocket under hot lunch, brought lunch, and salad bar, and secure with Colorful Bling Magnetic Jewels.  Have students place the craft stick with their name on it in their designated lunch pocket.

How to Create the Ultimate Student Work Bulletin Board

Superhero Student Work Bulletin Board

On this Superhero-themed student work bulletin board we showcased student drawings. Students used Smart Start Story Paper to draw a photo and write a story about the things they like to do. Here are the materials you’ll need to create this amazing Superhero-themed student work board.

Materials Needed:

First, staple the blue butcher paper on your bulletin board. Take the red, blue, and yellow border trim and layer them on top of each other using double-sided tape. Staple the border to all 4 sides of your bulletin board. Punch out “Amazing Work” from your set Yellow Gold Classic 4” Letters Uppercase Pack, and staple the letters to the top center of the bulletin board. Take your piece of yellow gold ribbon; align it horizontally across the bulletin board and staple. Take the Polka Dot Clothespins and clip the student work on it. Continue to add student work, and more ribbon and clothespins if necessary. Decorate with accents from the Superhero Bulletin Board Set.  Your students will feel proud of their amazing work hanging up on this student work bulletin board.

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3 Apps Every Teacher Should Know About

3 Apps Every Teacher Should Know About

Integrating technology is essential in today’s classroom, but going through thousands of apps can be overwhelming. Here we’ve listed apps that promote reading, writing, and math skills. Here are 3 apps every teacher should know about:

Writing Prompts for Kids: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables App

When you’re stumped for writing topics, this app is​ a quick way to come up with creative ​writing ​topics. Teachers or students can simply choose a situation, character, setting, and object and the app​ ​automatically generates your writing prompt. Students can write their stories on paper or directly in the app and e-mail it to the teacher. Kids love including their favorite characters, like Aladdin or Goldilocks in their stories. This app also enhances writing and vocabulary skills by offering dynamic alternatives to overused words. Recommended for ages 6+. Available on iTunes for $1.99.

Class Responder App

Class Responder is a powerful student response system that enables busy teachers to create and assign student activities and view student responses in real time. Teachers can assign quizzes, polls, classwork, and homework all from a tablet, personal computer, or smartphone. Teachers can create their own lessons or assign pre-made lessons that meet state and national standards. Students read a passage and then answer questions. They can see results and grades on a student or class level. For grades 1-6. Class Responder includes free lessons. Teachers can buy additional activities and quizzes from a library of standard based apps. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

Ready Set Learn App

Ready Set Learn is the perfect app for teaching primary students beginning math and language arts skills. Each app includes grade-specific activities like sorting, matching, connecting–the-dots, identifying patterns, telling time, and more. Students can complete up to 35 levels of activities and teachers can track their progress. Teachers can also recommend this app to parents, since it’s a fun way to practice skills at home. Recommended for grades pre-k-3. Available on iTunes.

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8 Great Ways to Use Number Boards

Number Boards from Teacher Created Resources

Number Boards are great tools to practice counting, look for number patterns, and teach number relationships. Here are some great ways to use Number Boards in and out of the classroom:

Familiarize Students with Number Boards

1) Have students look for “special numbers” on their boards, such as the days they were born, their ages, the number of people in their families, etc. Have students share their special numbers with partners. Have each partner find the other partner’s  numbers.

2) Call out a number on the board and have students find the “number neighbors” of each one that is called. Have them find the numbers above, below and to the number called.

3) Picture It! Call out the following numbers and have students shade them in on their on their boards. There will be a completed picture once all the numbers have been shaded. 23, 38, 69, 86, 62, 55, 27, 33, 87, 73, 37, 84, 34, 28, 78, 56, 24, 85.

Number Patterns Activities

4) Have students shade in all numbers that have a 2 in either the ones or tens place. Discuss any patterns and number relationships the students notice. Then, with a different color, have them shade in all the multiples of 2, and discuss differences in the patterns between the two categories. You can do this with other digits as well.

5) Have the students shade in the numbers 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, and 51. Notice how how the sum of the digits in each number is 6. Ask students  to try this with other digits and other diagonals they find on the number board.

6) Have students shade in the numbers 2, 13, 24, 35, 46, 57, 68, and 79. Notice that the sum of the digits are as follows: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16. Have students try shading in another diagonal of odd digits to see if an odd pattern occurs.

Counting Activities

7) Use a blank 120 number board to create a simple shape (such as a heart or arrow) that you would like students to shade in on their own boards. Create number clues for each number you shaded, such as “3 more than 20” or “7 less than 58.” Either write down the clues for the students to follow, or read them aloud to the class as the students shade in each number.

Addition and Subtraction Activities

8) Write an addition or subtraction problem on the board, such as 23 + 45. Have students place a marker on 23, then have them count 4 rows down, reminding them that each row increased by ten. Remind them that each column increases by one, and have them count 5 spaces to the right. Demonstrate more examples for both addition and subtraction , and then have students solve more problems on their own, writing down their answers.

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