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Try These Pocket Chart Activities

Start with Sorting to Introduce Math

Sorting and Patterning (Grades PreK–1)


Start sorting skills early with the Sorting & Patterning Pocket Chart to group things by theme, like color or animal.  Once they’ve got the hang of it, students can advance to sorting insects in the Let’s Tackle Math!™ Patterning & Sequencing Set.  Graduate to the Super Sorting Set with Activity Cards when they’re ready for more complicated multi-step directions.


Forecast a Successful Science Experience

Seasons and Weather (Grades K–2)


Student weather forecasters report weekly updates by displaying the current temperature and conditions on the Calendar & Weather Pocket Chart.  The Giant Inflatable Weather Set provides the backdrop, makes a great display, and helps kids predict conditions.  Scientific inquiries become more self-directed with the Flip4Science™ Weather. Students transition through hands-on science centers that require less and less teacher involvement.


Tasty, Good-for-Them Ideas

Nutrition (Grades K–2)


Take an inventory of lunch box fare by asking children to show what they brought with cards in the Food Pyramid Pocket Chart with Cards .  Then, start a discussion about healthier choices.  Older or more advanced students can build their own menus in the Healthy Hurdles™ Nutrition Game.  Use their menus to advocate changes school wide!  Keep the momentum going by infusing the Pretend & Play!® Healthy Foods Snack Set into their play areas.  In small groups, the Magnetic Healthy Foods set lets children easily replace unhealthy foods with nutritious options.


Sturdy Paragraph Construction with the Write Tools

The Writing Process (Grades 1–3)


How is a hamburger like a paragraph?  Use the Hamburger Sequencing Pocket Chart to show how the opening and closing are like the bun, holding everything together, while the body is the meat of the paragraph.  
Use the Creative Writing Flip Chart to inspire story starters and to teach the necessary ingredients of a good tale.  Start students on the right literary path by using Reading Rod® Sentence Building Kit which can help children identify parts of speech and use appropriate grammar in their written stories.


Confidence Builders for Spanish Speakers

Recognizing Word Parts (Grades 1–3 )


Help Spanish speakers gain a better understanding of word parts through sound-to-text recognition in their native language using El Centro de las Sílabas (Spanish Syllables) Pocket ChartEl Libro Grande de las Sílabas (Spanish Syllables Big Book) aids in whole-class guided practice.  Reinforce word building with the Mar de Sílabas™(Sea of Syllables) Game, where children search the “sea” for syllables that will combine with the space they land on to create words.  Follow up with Reading Rods® Fonética y Vocabulario (Phonics & Vocabulary) Kit so kids can work their way through more advanced skills on their own or in groups with audio CDs and activity cards.  Or, guide the whole class through an exercise with overhead tiles.


Speed Up Success in Record Time

Time Passage (Grades 3-5)


Assign someone the job of tracking elapsed time on the Elapsed Time Pocket Chart.  Change the parameters throughout the day or during the week, like keeping track of timed tests, silent reading or oral reports.  Figure out how long lunch lasted by moving the hands on the Elapsed Time Teacher™ from start to end times and checking the digital display windows.  Think how much time they’ll spend playing the Race Around the Clock™ Elapsed Time Game as they try to work out the story problems and time scenarios. Children with a more linear learning style can learn elapsed time in the context of their real life using the Elapsed Time Line. They can see how long activities really take!



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