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7 Items You NEED to Make Your Small Groups Fun

I believe that small group instruction should be two things: targeted and FUN!!! I pull approximately 45 students each day, and they often beg to come. If I have a meeting or miss them, they are upset that they don't get to "play games" with me. 

While playing our games, they are learning and growing. Below are a few items that I use repeatedly throughout the day. Items such as dice, spinners, and colored markers I use in a variety of ways in a variety of subjects. I have affiliate links for each of the items if you are interested in adding a little more fun to your groups. 

Differentiated Dice

I use these dice for so many of my groups and in so many areas. I've used them for spelling words, vocabulary words, numbers, and letters. They are so handy to have around. My kids especially love when we practice writing our spelling words using Roll-a-Word. They roll the dice and write the word. They repeat this process as they race to beat the rest of the group to the top.

You can find these differentiated dice here: https://amzn.to/2EKAKJU

Spinners

My kids love Wednesdays because we get to use these spinners to play Connect Four. I also use them for math games and so much more! Since they are clear, you just sit them on top of any paper or center activity.

You can find these Connect Four Printables here: http://bit.ly/2IYKRiq
You can find these spinners here: https://amzn.to/2C2jjCx

Scented Markers & Crayons

Ahhh! Scented Markers. I think I should buy stock in Crayola. These are my favorite and I use both of them in different ways.

I've been using the level readers shown in the picture below. We use our scented colored markers to color in the three smiley faces each time we read the passage. They LOVE them. I pass the markers out at random, so they get a variety of colors and scents.

I also use the scented crayons on Color-By-Number pages and other activities, like Roll-a-Word that is shown above.

You can find these scented markers and crayons at Walmart or on Amazon. I usually buy them from Amazon, because they have a great "Add on" price.

You can find the scented markers here: https://amzn.to/2EJE1ZM
You can find the scented crayons here: https://amzn.to/2XAnWwZ

Stamps

I bought two stamps from a local store on a whim, and my kids ate them up! I had to buy more. I was getting tired of using the same ones over and over. I found a six pack on Amazon and felt the need to buy! When I stamp them, I dramatically say whatever it on the stamp. They love answering the questions by themselves to earn the stamp. It's a fun way to motivate them to do comprehension questions on their own.

You can find these leveled readers here: http://bit.ly/2IWMDR6
You can find these stamps here: https://amzn.to/2EsnCaH

Reading Trackers

Tracking is something that is SO hard for many students. It also takes practice and encouragement. They often don't know the words or have the visual skills to keep up. Providing a fun "reason" to follow along is a great way to motivate your students to follow along. It also allows me to see who can track and who is struggling to stay with us. They LOVE these.

You can find the reading lights here: https://amzn.to/2GUCRNz
You can find the reading eyes here: https://amzn.to/2GXu7Gs
You can find the withes fingers here: https://amzn.to/2NGMJe2

Foam Dice

I love using dice with various games, but I do NOT like the sound of regular dice on the table. In my special education room, we often have four different groups going at one time. It's hard to talk over the sound of dice and other background noise. Therefore, I LOVE these foam dice! They are fun for the kids to use and don't make any noise.

You can find these foam dice here: https://amzn.to/2GWgpUe

Fun Erasers

I use erasers for counting and Bingo markers every day! I love finding the seasonal erasers from Target and Five Below. The kids love them and they are the perfect size. 

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