The school year is winding down, the weather is getting nice, and garage sales will be all the buzz in the neighborhoods. With the focus on trying to implement creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking within the classrooms, garage sale finds can help to design choice board activities that blend into the curriculum and standards.
What to buy at a Garage Sale for the classrooms?
When I am shopping for my classrooms, I am looking for any of the following items.
Get the educational discount
Before you purchase the items for your classroom, explain to the people running the garage sale that you will be using the items in the classroom. Chances are they will give you a discount or even give you the items for free. Most American citizens are willing to help out the educational system and are willing to donate items to the classrooms. Don't be afraid to ask or share your story about how you will be using the items.
How to use the Garage Sale finds within the classroom?
Develop choice board activities for the students to complete that will encourage creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The choice boards can run themselves once the students know how to use the materials, games, and resources. The following Choice Board is all based on Garage Sale finds and can be tied into any curriculum area.
App Dice- Wonderopolis.org
Create Something, Create Anything
Create a Voice QR Code
Students can take time to generate a voice QR Code on a topic or standard that showcases their knowledge and understanding of the content. Students can use either Seesaw.me or Vocaroo.com
Jenga Review and Practice
Roll the Dice and Create a story with StoryCubes. The story can be tied to content area and/or a free write story. I have seen schools that post the story on Google Docs and then other students add onto the story once they roll the dice.
Complete a QR Code Scavenger Hunt
Students love scavenger hunts. Generate your own QR Code Scavenger Hunt or use one that is all ready created for you. Sample QR Codes are listed below
Make a SMORE!
Students build an online poster that can be shared globally with other students and learners from across the globe. Check out www.smore.com to build your first Smore with the students. The graphic below showcase where a Smore has traveled.
Students travel to the different choice board activities while you are teaching a small group. Direction cards help the students to understand the task and idea behind the activities. I also make mini videos that show how to complete the task. Below is a sample of the direction cards for the choice board activities.
Learn more about tech tools and choice boards
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Marcia Kish - Blended and Personalized Learning coach that designed the Three Phases of Blended Learning