Thursday, July 25, 2013

What Are Your Students DIGGIN'? {A new linky!}

Ok... the first day of school is approaching quickly and I'm ready to do some (AKA- continue to do some) shopping!

But... I want to know what the winners in your classroom are.  What do your students really DIG that you have?

Link up and show us what you've got and where you got it so we can get it too!
If you click any of the pictures, you can grab these too!  If you link up, be sure to direct us to where we can get your goodies too!  My 3rd graders love...

...this book series... my reluctant readers can't wait to get their hands on this!

...our Eggspert!  This turns anything into a team game and my 3rd graders LOVE it!  We do Brainquest cards, grammar games, math facts... anything you can think of... and it is so fun!

...Choose Your Own Adventure books.  Did you ever read these?  OMG.  I did when I was a kid and I loved them!  There are new ones that are perfect for grades 2 and up and my students LOVE doing them during "read to someone".

...writing with Smencil Pencils as a reward!  Have you seen these pencils?  They smell... and they smell good!  This is a great reward in my classroom.  Students can borrow the pencil for the day!

...scratch off tickets!  I blogged about this last summer and it was a huge hit in my classroom!

...our interactive reading buddies from Hallmark!  My kiddos LOVE reading to these stuffed pups... if you haven't seen these, they are pretty cool.  You turn them on, read the book it came with outloud to the stuffed animal, and (if you're reading accurately and fluently) the dog whimpers, barks, pants, etc... at appropriate parts in the story!  It's really cool.  I wasn't sure about it because it's something I did in 1st and 2nd grade, but my 3rd graders LOVE it!  We have this one, but there are many others too!

one more...

...our favorite end of the day activity (when there's time!) is to play "Mummy Ball".  We have a Koosh ball and the students put on all their gear (backpacks, etc...) and stand in a spot in the room.  I say someone's name and toss them the ball.  They catch it, say someone else's name, and toss to them.  If anyone talks, they are out and sit down wherever they are standing.  If anyone drops it, they are out and sit down.  It usually takes about 8 minutes to get a winner... and we usually can only play for 3 or 4 but we try to do it once a week because they love it!


  1. I love the koosh ball game for the end of the day. I'm going to have to try that one.

    Teach on a Limb

  2. Koosh ball game! That's a great idea!

  3. This is going to be a dangerous linky, I want all of it!! Now I've got to go get a post together, I'll try to link up soon!

    The Resource(ful) Room!

  4. Thanks for sharing the scratch off tickets again. My kids would love those!
    Fun in ECSE

  5. I must check out Captain Awesome! Looks like a series my kids would love... Jingle also looks adorable--neat! Thanks so much for the opportunity to link up and share what our kids dig!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. I love the idea of the scratch off tickets! I will have to get busy and make some.

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  7. I just linked up! I really like the idea of the scratch-off tickets...pinning that one! I will have to keep a lookout for Captain kids would fall head over heels for that.

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  8. The Eggspert sounds pretty awesome. I'll definitely have to look into it. & I must check out Captain Awesome - looks like a great book for the kiddos.

    Live Laugh & Learn in Second Grade

  9. This is such a fun linky idea! I remember those Choose your Own Adventure books - awesome! I'm glad they are still such a hit. I'll be back to link up. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  10. I LOVE using Koosh Balls!

    Thanks for starting this linky, your ideas are awesome.


  11. Hi Christina...Thanks so much for the awesome linky! Love it!!


  12. Thank you for the Reminders freebie! I will definitely use this!!

  13. I just linked up! Smencils are a HUGE hit at our school too!

  14. Hi! My class did the postcard thingy a few years ago, it was great! Is there a link for it so I can get involved again?

    Happy teaching!

  15. I love new book recommendations -- just added a few to my Amazon cart!! My 2nd graders mostly read above grade level, so they are perfect for them! I am also checking out that Eggspert thing -- so cool ... I've never seen one before!!

    That's So Second Grade!

  16. I have to check out that new series Captain Awesome. My boys would love it. They pretty much love any graphic novel. Hope Scholastic will have some!

    I Heart Teaching Elementary


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