So today I had to finish up my GT training on differentiating curriculum in the classroom. I thought it was going to be like every other training I've attended which involved huge packets and long power points. Of course I was surprised when the instructor had a table full of craft supplies and paper bags for us to cut apart and decorate in the training. I can honestly say that this was one of the most engaging training I have been to in a long time and I got tons of things I can use in my room. Here's a look at some things we made.
We made a paper bag book let. The one that is focused on math is an example a student did for her to show math tips and problem solving. These would be great for sequencing events!
Lastly I was really motivated to make this place value mat since I had seen them on another blog. It was super easy and tons of other teachers couldn't get over how cool it was. To make one I use 2 1/2 sheets of paper. I will definately have my students make these for their math folders. I was thinking instead of buying a place value chart I could make a large one out of construction paper and post it on my calendar board.
One more thing my teammate came up with this cute 5 finger rule reminder craft for the students to use when the go to the library the first of the year. Students will trace their hand and write the 5 rules on the fingers and write in complete sentences how to choos a just right book.
Just thought I would share these ideas with you guys. If you have any other ideas of how to use them I would love to hear from you.