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Dowling Writing Process Magnets
Ellen Palmer, a K–6 literacy coach in Lambertville, Michigan, found that these magnets helped her and her students “track which phase of the writing process each student was at.” A big plus: The “strong and sturdy” magnets have colorful graphics.
SPAG Pop Up
Revisiting grammar and spelling rules again? This pop-up worked well as a “tool for small groups,” and for students “who may be hesitant to speak up,” says Jason Kline, a grades 4–5 teacher from Salem, Oregon. Plus, the category organization made it “easier for students to locate the information they were looking for.”
Lakeshore Alphabet Rockets
Take alphabet recognition to the stars with Lakeshore’s Alphabet Rockets. Palmer recommends these for her youngest learners. The rockets were perfect “for little hands to grasp” and kids loved pretending to “blast off the rocket!”
Flocabulary Mobile App
Ever used rapping pandas to teach the 5 Ws or hip-hop videos to review current events? Flocabulary gave Kline a chance to do just that. The music videos were perfect for helping students “grasp unfamiliar content more easily.” His students loved them, and Kline recommends the app “110%!”
PDQ: The Pretty Darn Quick Word Game
PDQ gave wordplay a new meaning in Whitney Myers’s sixth- and eighth-grade classes in Lafayette, Louisiana. Students played and modified the game, and Myers found them using “increasingly more complex vocabulary” to create words. “Instant differentiation!” she adds.
Photos: Adam Chinitz