During my time as a teacher, I’ve searched for ways to “set the stage to engage.” This post is a roundup of a few of my favorites and how to use them!
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I mean… can I carrying this around everywhere?! I use my microphone for sharing our writing and “setting the scene” in my classroom. For example if we are learning about weather they’ll “play” weather person using the mic. Or we’ll announce Class VIP with music. This is by far one of my most engaging pieces I’ve bought off Amazon to date.
Colored Jenga can be used in a variety of different ways, such as task cards, vocabulary activities, math facts and so on. Click here for more ideas!
Although sometimes it feels like we never have enough time… occasionally you’ll have a few minutes at the end of class or during your morning meeting. This is one of my favorite activities to do with my students. One Minute Mysteries is a collection of short “cases” that need to be solved. Students hear the case, and are asked to “solve” the mystery. The book also provides 3 clues with each mystery. These are quick and fun ways to get students creatively thinking! You’d be surprised the answers they come up with!
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Okay… I’m sure some of you are like …. uh what?! But wait… black lights are a really unique way to get your kids engaged and thinking. There are a ton of great science activities that respond to UV light. Many teachers are also throwing “highlighter or black light parties” in their classroom. Kids are doing “highlighter math,” putting together investigations, and so much more. Check out “Black Light Classrooms” on Pinterest for more ideas!
This one is great for classroom management! Instead of “1, 2, 3, eyes on me,” try using a doorbell! It comes with up to 50 different sounds!
Kerplunk is a great way to reward students and help them speed up transitions! Every time you catch them doing something great, you pull a stick! Eventually all the balls come down and the students receive their reward! The anticipation encourages positive behavior and excitement!
The Amazon Echo Dot is a voice controlled search device similar to Siri. It connect to wifi and doesn’t require you to constantly sign in. The Amazon Echo Dot is activated by saying “Alexa,” and when she’s “listening” she flashes blue. Alexa is great for simple Google questions, such as “how do you spell ____.” “What is the weather?” or my favorite… “Pick a number between ___ and ___.” She can also set a timer, play Simon Says, and tell a story!
Let’s keep this list going! What Amazon purchases have you made to engage your classroom? Did they work?