Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Made It - Cooperative Learning Tools

I'm still on a cooperative learning kick!! This week I made some helpful tools for my cooperative learning structures. In a previous post, I mentioned that I love Kagan, but their tools are a little pricey. This week I borrowed their idea of learning chips. {I love these...the possibilities are endless!} I basically used their template and typed different question stems. After punching out the circles and laminating, I used spray adhesive and attached them to cheap poker chips. So far I have made the chips for non-fiction texts, paraphrasing, science, and pre-reading. I will make 1 set for each table group {roughly 6 sets of each} I plan to add several more! {Here is a great article on using learning chips in the classroom!} This was a pretty inexpensive projects {actually free} since I already had the spray adhesive, laminator, and chips. I just had to print them on cardstock. :) Love it when I already have all of the materials for a project! *******UPDATE I WILL BE MAKING THE CHIPS AND OFFERING THEM IN MY STORE SOON!!! Until then, enter to win 3 sets- Non-fiction, Pre-reading, and the science sets!! {enter at the bottom of the page} - I'll pick 5 lucky winners {Thanks Tara for the idea!} Good luck!

I also jumped on the bandwagon and made the dry erase boards using duct tape and report covers. However, I changed mine up a bit! I searched high and low for cheap report covers. The best deal I found was 3 for a dollar something, and they had a frosted cover. So I got home to see what I could use instead. I have several boxes of transparencies...and I don't even have an overhead in my room anymore! I tried the dry erase marker and it works perfectly! I basically just took 2 transparencies and taped around 3 sides so I could slip a piece of paper in. The transparencies are slightly smaller than the report covers, so any papers I slip in will have to be trimmed just slightly. I love how they turned out! This project was also pretty inexpensive since I already had the transparencies on hand. I just bought 2 rolls of the duct tape (around 3.50 each). I also tried the packing tape, but it didn't work as well for me! I plan to have one for each student at the table and wouldn't you know this is also a Kagan tool! I love the dry erase markers from Ikea. They are super cheap and are perfect for these boards!! {Please excuse the black lines - I haven't had a chance to erase them yet ;) }

On another note, I had to select another winner because the last one didn't respond! So congratulations Cindy Toalson! Please contact me so I can give you all of your AWESOME prizes!!!

Now go link up with Tara and share what you made this week!

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  1. Do you have a template or original for those chips? I would love to get it from you, I also love Kagan, but agree that it can be pricey if you are trying to do it on your own! Thanks


  2. I just typed in using their template but didn't save a copy - sorry!

  3. Such a good idea! I'm pinning it. =)

    I Love My Classroom

  4. What a great ideas! I went to a Kagan training a few years ago and thought it was very helpful, but I didn't buy any of their products, either - you'd think because they're a company aimed at helping teachers that their prices would be a bit lower. Looks like your version turned out great!

    We got rid of our overhead projectors a few years ago, but I couldn't bring myself to throw out a whole box of transparencies, so I've had a box of them sitting in my closet for the past few years. I knew they'd be good for something, so I'm glad you shared your creation!

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)
    Third Grade Teacher Files

  5. What a great idea! I love Kagan too!!! Love your cooperative learning chips! You should have saved those and had a giveaway with those:)) Your dry erase boards turned out so cute! I bought that duct tape, I just haven't done anything with it! Thanks for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. I love making dry erase boards out of leftover stuff. :) I got a grant this year for a nice set of write and wipe pockets--I never would pay for them myself. Way too cheap! :)

  7. Learning/Talking chips are amazing! Thanks for sharing you ideas. I just wanted to let you know that am passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you. Please stop by TIPS to pick it up. Also, I would love to have you link up on my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
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    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  8. Love me some Kagan! These are super cute!
    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  9. CUTE! I am your newest follower! I just started my own blog and am excited to connect to other passionate educators.
    Fancy Free in Fourth

  10. I love Kagan! This is awesome! Thank you for stopping by to visit and to answer your question, the typewriter is a digital stamp from Stampin' Up. Here is a link if you're interested:

  11. Love it! I've also made my own dry erase boards out of sheet protectors. They work great and the children just slip them into their binders. I've also used cheap socks as erasers. The kids LOVE them! Thanks for the other ideas. I am your newest follower. I would love it if you would come by my blog and say hi!
    :0) Melissa

  12. First off let me say the learning chips look extremely interesting and I just LOVE borrowing ideas considering we teachers are on a budget! The dry erase boards look great! Not something I would have ever thought of in a million years! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. I love the transparency idea! To buy those is so very expensive! Thanks for the tip! :)

  14. What a great idea. Love it!

  15. I just took a course on Kagan and would love these! Thanks!

  16. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  17. I am a new follower and I am giving you the Versatile Blogger Award. Look at my blog to see how the award works. Love your blog!

    Teaching Star Students

  18. This would work great in my classroom! Thanks for sharing!

    Creekside Teacher Tales

  19. Anonymous7/08/2012

    I LOVE your dry erase boards. What a great, inexpensive solution. The tape so bright and happy! I am loving your blog and am your newest follower!

    Delighted in Second
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  20. Thank you very much for this useful article. I like it. cooperative learning