Wacky Wednesday - Stick to the Lesson! August 19 2009

Magnets are a great, low-maintenance tool to use in your classroom. They work on white boards or old-fashionedmag pocket chalkboards. There's no worry about running out of staples or tape. No concern about scaring up some thumb tacks for the corkboard. Plus, it's a space saver, making your displays mobile!

Now the same is true for today's Wacky Wednesday deal, the Magnetic Backed Pocket Chart, a deal for $20.95 (from $24.95).

But wait, you can get it for free! How? Keep reading!

Since there's so much focus right now on Back to School lesson plans, I decided to figure out a few ways that teachers could use this pocket chart on the First Day of School. (And as a side note, sentence strips work really well for any of these lesson plans).

The first example is a simple lunch count scenario for the First Day:

1. Write each lunch choice on a 3x5 card or a cut sentence strip (ours is Choice #1, Choice #2 and Cold Lunch). Place each card at the top of the Magnetic Backed Pocket Chart (currently hanging easily on your white or chalk board).
2. Give each student a 3x5 card or a cut sentence strip, instructing them to put their name on either side.
3. Direct students to put their cards in the correct column that aligns with their lunch choice.

Seeing the Lunch Count has never been more clear!

Here's a Math Lesson Plan and a Reading Lesson Plan especially for the First Day of School - Enjoy!

Math Lesson Plan - Magnetic Pocket Chart

Reading Lesson Plan - Magnetic Pocket Chart

But wait, you can get the Magnetic Backed Pocket Chart for free! How? Leave your comment below about how you would use your Magnetic Pocket Chart on the First Day of School!

Last week's Wacky Wednesday Giveaway was the Money Pocket Chart, and we have a winner!

Christena N. from Salt Lake City, Utah was the lucky recipient of the Free Money Pocket Chart! Her comment:

Teach the order of the planets in our solar system by changing the words to the Sesame Street song, “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?”

I can name the planets in the Solar System,

in the Solar System, in the Solar System.

I can name the planets in the Solar System,
In their order from the sun.
There’s Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and Jupiter,

Mars and Jupiter,
Mars and Jupiter,
There’s Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars,
and Jupiter,
Then Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune!

All my forty-six kindergarten students were able to pass off their planets in the correct order by singing this song to me. This tip is out of this world!

Thanks, Christena, for your comment! Congratulations!

Remember - Leave me your comment below about how you would use your Magnetic Pocket Chart on the First Day of School and you could be our next lucky winner!