I have not blogged in FOREVER.
It has been an awesome school year so far! I have a wonderful group of first graders. One of the great things about this year is I am teaching Language Arts (Reading, Grammar, & Spelling) and Science. My teaching partner teaches Math and Social Studies. This has allowed me so much more time to focus on those new subjects.
I am constantly looking for great resources for Reading and have found that a great and affordable place to look is Oriental Trading. I have always used Oriental Trading for seasonal things, party supplies, etc., but have recently discovered all the great learning resources they have.
I was so excited to review some things from Oriental Trading for my classroom.*
My students love using pointers. These are great and come in a pack of 24. The best part is...right now, they are on sale for $2.78
In my classroom, we do Daily Five. I had made whisper phones out of PVC pipes a couple of years ago. They worked, but were still a bit to big for my first graders. When I saw these whisper phones, I knew I wanted to try them. They are made of plastic and the perfect size for my first graders. So far, they have held up great.
I was so impressed by these Dominoes; they are really nice! My students love any sort of game we play while learning. These are perfect for partners, early finishers, or a small group. There are two sets of sight words.
My first graders are becoming very good writers. We do writer's workshop every day and these spacers are a fun way for them to remember to leave spaces between their words. They are made of sturdy cardboard so they can last.
5. Fun Swatters
We play lots of games that use fly swatters and I'm always looking for fun, new swatters. These are a bit more pricey than normal swatters, but they are much more sturdy and designed specifically for the classroom. My students always grab these first if given the choice.
Word Work is one of our Daily Five stations. Each day, students practice building and spelling words in a different way. These stampers are quickly becoming a class favorite for word work. They are holding up well and a great value!
There are 20 readers in this set with many common word families. My students have loved reading these books when they correlate with our phonics pattern.
This week we are working with short u so we will read this book. I like to have students listen for words that end in -ug and then we create a list of all the words we heard. These books are small (5x5inches) and perfect for little hands.
Thanks again, Oriental Trading for allowing me to review these awesome products. I love finding new resources and for great prices!
**This review is based on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading. I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.”