Here are some of my favorite ways to use dollar store finds to teach some of our literacy standards.
The first game is called spill. Here's how you play:
- Take any container from the dollar store.
- Place several letters or words inside of the cup, 5-10.
- Pass the cup around the room as the music plays.
- When you stop the music, whoever has the container spills the contents onto the floor.
- They read the words or letters as they place them back inside the container.
- Repeat until everyone has a turn.
If you don't know what this is...asking some who has been teaching a little longer than you. :)
- You might have seen overhead letters in a teacher supply catalog.
- There are never enough of the most popular letters for building words.
- I picked up these clear disks from the game section at Wal-Mart.
- They are used to play bingo.
- I wrote the letters on the disks with a sharpie.
This is a coupon organizer. I use it to organize the letters for making words. Here's how...
- For each of the tabs in the organizer make letters labels to stick over the food category.
- Make letters using a spreadsheet so that all letters will be the same size. You will want several of each letter.
- Sort the letters behind each tab in the organizer.
- I made 6 of these for my small group.
- When the kids come to my table, I display a list of letters that I would like for them to collect.
- They look in their organizer and collect the letters needed for the lesson.
Fly Swatter Word Building
This game helps kids blend and segment words. Here's what you do:
- Collect three flyswatters.
- Place a piece of velco on each.
- Make a set of letter cards.
- Put the opposite side of velco on the back of each letter.
- Put a letter on each flyswatter to spell a cvc word
- As the children blend the sounds, they hit each fly swatter on the table.
- As they hit the fly swatter on the table, they make the sound.
- You can also invite three kids and have each kid hold one of the fly swatters.