Happy new school year friends! If you have already been back with your students I hope your year has gotten off to a wonderful start. If you have not started school just yet, I hope that your upcoming year is an amazing one!
I am here today to share with you some great new tools I will be using in my classroom this year. I teamed up with Oriental Trading to add some new ideas that I have been wanting to use for the past few months. If you click any of the images below you can get more information on them.
I was really excited to get some new reading tools and storage containers for math manipulatives.
I have been wanting to make my math manipulatives more accessible for my students. While I was in PD this past summer I kept hearing over and over how students should have easy access to items to help them explore and discover. So when I saw these containers I just KNEW this is what I would need!
I took 5 of the most basic manipulatives that my students use most often and used these amazing containers. I love that they are clear for my students to see what is inside. The other AH MA ZING factor is that they lock together!
They stack on top of each other and can be locked that way AND I can also lock the 4 sets together! So super smart and such a space saver!
I will eventually make labels for the containers but, right now my students know exactly which ones to use so no labels are needed. These are also perfect for math stations right now as we learn our rules and expectations.
The next tool I am so excited to use with my students this year is reading phones!
These phones are wonderful for daily 5 and guided reading use. I talked with my students about how we use them and the voice level we need to have when reading with them. They were so excited about hearing themselves read. I know these are going to be wildly popular this year and students will be wanted to read to themselves all the time now. Win win for both teacher and student!
The students store them in their book boxes so they always have them.
The last tool I added to my room this year are these foam alphabet dice.
I have so many ideas of how we are going to use them. Here are a few that I came up with for beginning of the year assessments.
Then I also came up with some CVC and CVCE word building activities for word work during our daily 5 stations.
I plan on making a few more activities to use with these dice and posting them in my TPT store. Until then if you would like a copy of the sheets you can click here to grab them.
Alphabet Dice Activities
Thanks for stopping by and reading about some new tools I will be using this year. You can click any of the pictures to learn more about the items. Feel free to pin this image to Pinterest to save the ideas too!
Disclaimer: Products from Oriental Trading were sent for review. These opinions are ideas are of my own.