Bright Ideas For Teachers Blog Hop!

Today I'm joining my bloggy friends in sharing with you bright ideas for the classroom! 
Shelley Gray's photo.

Since we've missed so much school I've had trouble getting back into the swing of things. It's February and I was looking for some inspiration, I was walking through the dollar tree (the best place to go when you need classroom inspiration LOL!!) when I spotted these...

The cupcake holders came in  packs of 2 for $1, and the heart gems are 50 per pack for $1. I didn't know what I would make yet but I knew they would be something I could use so I grabbed them up. This week as I was planning for independent centers I came up with a few ideas for using my fabulous finds!
With a sharpie I wrote numbers on the heart gems, random numbers 1-20. I placed them in one of the cupcake holders. Students will shake up the cupcake, open it up and take out a handful of hearts. Then they will use the number to find landmarks (minimum, maximum, mean, median, mode, and range). This is a skill we always need to practice, and it will give them a hands on novel way to mix up their routine!

I wrote double digit numbers on more gems, placed them in a cupcake container, and created a multi-digit multiplication center. Students will again shake up the cupcake, open and choose two hearts. They will multiply the two numbers. Simple yet fun!

For out word work center I wrote letters on the gems to spell out Valentine, students will use the gems to come up with as many words as they can. They love doing these types of word work activities, I think they will be excited to use the gems in this months center. We usually just cut the letter boxes out of paper!

For my younger students I wrote sight words on the gems. They will use them to play a partner game. They will shake up the cupcake, open it, and choose a gem, read the word and both students will write it. They will take turns choosing words and reading them. We will eventually get to graphing how many times each word is chosen too!

 Here they are inside the cupcakes ready to go! Can't wait to share them with my students tomorrow!!

There you have it, easy peasy versatile valentine centers for less than $2 each!!

Looking for more bright ideas? Head on over to Lori's blog ! She's sharing about Gallery walks, you won't want to miss it!

Click on the the links below to see more great ideas from other fabulous teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!
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  1. Love this idea, Amy! Your students are going to have so much fun!


  2. Your blog is so cute! I teach first grade, but can definitely adjust your ideas to work for my kiddos. I have a feeling I'm going shopping tomorrow :)

  3. This is so cute Amy!! I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  4. Thank for the idea! It's great! How do you do your centers in a resource room? I want to do them in mine but haven't found an effective way to implement them. I would love some tips!

  5. I'm buzzing with ideas that I can use these materials for! I now need to add Dollar Tree to my 'To-Do' list! Thanks for sharing!

    Seconds at the Beach

  6. These are excellent ideas! I love the range, median, and mode, and the building words. But each one is a clever way to use such affordable materials!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  7. These are all great! I teach first grade so the sight word graphing would be a big hit in our room!! Thanks for the ideas!

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

  8. i love love love this idea! thanks for the inspiration!


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  10. Awesome! Love the math idea with the hearts!

  11. Wow Amy-great idea and I love your blog's new look (or new since I last went blog hopping). Thanks for sharing another terrific fun activity! Heather

  12. What great ideas! So adaptable to so many different kinds of activities! Thanks for the ideas! :)


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