Saturday, January 3, 2015

Spark Student Motivation: Classroom Magnetic Spinners

Happy New Year Friends!!! I hope you enjoyed your break and are slowly thinking about going back to school this week. Slowly because we STILL have a little more time! :)

This actually is going to be a quick post to get you RUNNING to the Dollar Tree and a follow up on a previous post (click here).

 The spinners I blogged about were a set of 3 or $20, these are $1 each!!!
They had four different choices, I bought them for my teammates too! I'm not sure if they're the same quality as the ones I purchased, but for a $1...I get excited!!

 I plan on breaking these spinners out when we return to school.
( I haven't used them this year yet...I like to keep some tricks a surprise!)
I just know whenever I broke them out last year, there'd be a little squeal from my students. Giving students choice gives them ownership and buy-in. I let them come up with the categories for assignments or review games. It's a win-win!
I'm thinking of using one at home with my own children. I'll put chores that need to be completed in the spinner and whichever chore each of my children spins, they have to complete!
(I'll keep you posted on how this works!)
 I have a new product that will be MOTIVATING to your students you may interested in:
Winter Reading Wreath Craftivity-what a fun way to get your students reading when they return from break. PLUS, it makes a great bulletin board or wall decoration for your class!
Use with any text: fiction and non-fiction templates are included.
Perfect project to promote reading at home too!

OR, you can save by purchasing the BUNDLE! There will be 8 wreaths total, perfect monthly project that your students will enjoy much more than a traditional book report. The cost for the "growing" bundle is only $10, individually purchased will be $24. (Cost will increase as wreaths are added, but you will not pay any additional cost for your purchase today, just redownload!)
Click here to check it out!

PIN TO WIN! I'll give away one winter wreath and one bundle on Monday. This will give you a great activity for back to school! :)
Pin any of the wreath images above, copy the URL, and leave in the comments. Be sure to include your email if you're not a blogger so I can send you the file if you win.
I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
Don't forget to grab my button and link back to this post!
Check out all the wonderful ideas from my friends who link up and don't forget to leave some love by commenting....we LOVE comments!
***Please include the topic in the link up with your blog name.



  1. I remember pinning your post from last year, and I've been on the lookout. Thanks for the reminder! And your reading wreaths and just too cute! The bundle is a great deal!

  2. The spinners WILL send me to the dollar store right away! :) I love the wreaths too - too bad I am teaching 8th grade this year...

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Do you have a plan for how to make the spinners from the Dollar Tree spin? I am trying to figure out how to make them work so they do not always land down ( with gravity).

    1. Hi Melanie! I only tried one on my refrigerator and it worked, but maybe it's hit or miss with each spinner. I tried the pencil spinner. How about putting a paper clip on the lighter side to balance the weight? Let me know if this works.

  4. Love the wreath book reports...great idea! I too will be headed to Dollar Tree to find students will love them! Thanks for sharing your ideas and work with us!

  5. Your wreaths are too adorable! I'd love to win :) I am going to go to the Dollar Tree and try to pick up a few spinners this afternoon, too!

  6. I'll be heading to Dollar Tree tomorrow for these. Looks awesome! I pinned the wreath ideas and it's sitting in my cart as we speak!


    Will head to Dollar Tree tomorrow before going to job #2. Looking for any motivational tips to get my kids back in the reading groove.

  8. Fabulous idea!
    My local Dollar Tree was out of them--but I have tomorrow to try another!

    I Have 2 Questions

  9. I love the spinner idea! Heading over to Dollar Tree to check it out! I am thinking math centers for my firsties!
    The wreaths are fabulous. Such a creative way to display a book report.

    The Resourceful Apple

  10. What a great idea!! I will have to visit a store after work today. I pinned and hope to win this amazing and engaging product.

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