I used to love making these as a kid! They have a few different names (cootie catcher, fortune teller) but I've always known them as chatterboxes. They are a fun toy but can also be a great way for students to practice math facts, sight words, spelling & vocabulary, revise a unit of work, test their comprehension of a text or even provide a story starter. I have a book of multiplication chatterboxes that are photocopiable. However, as a relief teacher, you don't always have access to a photocopier. Instead it is easy enough for students to make their own. Plus, I think students are more likely to remember the facts they are practicing if they actually write them out themselves! Here's one I made to revise Australian capital cities: Charlotte's Web: Times Table Facts: Just in case you can't remember how to make them, here's a quick tutorial: 1.
We've been collecting bread tags for colour sorting & craft (we're big on recycling/reusing.) It didn't take long to build up quite a collection! My little boy loves sorting through them, lining them up & putting them into little containers, shaking them up! As we were playing with them on the weekend, I started thinking of other ways to use them, especially in the classroom... - Clip onto popsticks for sight word or place value practice - Thread onto pipe cleaners to make a counting bracelet - Create funny faces or creatures I just used permanent markers to write on the tags. Super simple & easy to do! Does anyone else have an interesting way to reuse bread tags?
I love using plastic curtains or tablecloths in the classroom because they are so easy to set up, move around & store! I've used them for bulletin boards, to section off areas like a reading corner, to cover tables for messy work & also to make giant game boards. Game boards can be easily folded up & stored away in your relief teaching bag! To make the game board: - Buy a cheap, light coloured shower curtain. This one was only $5 from The Reject Shop. - Draw a 7x4 grid with a thick black marker. I just followed the fold lines, I didn't use a ruler. - Cut clear, plastic sleeve protectors in half. - Tape the plastic sleeves in each rectangle. - Cut A4 sized paper in half & write your review questions, math problems or sight words on the bits of paper. - Place them in the