Monday, July 23, 2012

The Everything Tool Kit

I always like to start the year with lots of learning tools for my students.  I've always bought those fancy name tags for the children's desks that have extra pictures and tools for the children to use.  I keep looking for the perfect name tags, and I can't find them.  Last year I made name tags with plenty of tools. It was kind of a pain, but I made all the parts and cut them all out and put them on the name tags.  
I've always given the children a 4 1/2 by 8 1/2 card with the Handwriting Without Tears alphabet on one side, and a number grid from 0 - 120 on the other side.  Those cards were incredibly handy! I'll make those cards again, but I have also made the ultimate tool kit with just about everything I could think of!  

I started with math.  I made a color coded number grid from 0 to 120.  I also made a even/ odd number line as well as a count by tens number line.  I made a place value grid, a money table, a clock, an addition and a subtraction table, a ten frame, and a shapes reference.

For writing, there's a short vowel chart, a long vowel chart, a word bank made from Dolch words and common words for this age, and a list of writing traits.

For reading, there are lists of fiction and non fiction genres, suggestions on choosing books, qualities of fluent readers, and a list of reading strategies and reading skills they'll be working on this year.

For Social Studies, there's a map of North America along with directions and a compass rose, names of the 4 oceans and the seven continents, and a reminder for left and right. 

For Science, there's a list of vocabulary words, planets, the 5 senses, the science process skills, and a list of healthy habits.

I've put together a sampling of these materials as a freebie.You can download this freebie (as shown above) by clicking THIS LINK and downloading the Preview.

It took forever to complete all these parts, but it's going to be soooooo worth it! I'm going to have the children cut out the parts and paste them onto individual folders, one for each subject, then I'll laminate them so they can use these tools all year.  I want the children to put them together themselves so they'll be more familiar with the materials and will have some ownership on how they are designed.  I'm thinking I'll color code the folders, so it will be easy to find the tool they need.  For example, when they're working on writing, they'll pull out the red folder.  

I hope you're as excited about these tools as I am.  If you're interested in the full set, Click HERE or click the image to the left.








7 comments:

  1. Thank you!
    This is a nice idea!
    Peggy

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    1. Peggy,

      Thanks! I think it's going to be very handy!

      Sally

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  2. This is amazingly great!!! I don't know how many hours and hours of time and thought you put into this, but your kids will love it...if only I taught in America...

    ✿ Judy
    teaching with J

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    1. Judith,
      Yes, I did put loads of hours into this, but I have a feeling it's going to be worth it!

      Some of the Social Studies stuff might not be applicable to non-Americans, but I suspect most of the other stuff would work for you!

      Sally

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  3. Really super stuff and thanks for sharing. My kids are older so I would replace the 100 chart with a multiplication chart, but this is a great thing to give the kids at the beginning of the year. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for the sampler. I put the packet on my wish list...getting that finished so I can download everything on one day. Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this!

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  5. Thanks it will work great with my students

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