It’s Monday.  We’re back from an amazing week in Vegas.  I worked in my classroom today.  My body thinks we’re still in Vegas…I’m a little tired…but super excited to be back into the blogging routine and linking up for Monday Made It!
So…you see…what had happened was…I was Dealz (It’s like a Dollar Tree but prices go up to $10…) and saw this:
So my brain kicked into over drive!    I finally drove myself to the store (I got a new Smorgie1 before we left for Vegas…before that I was stuck at home with no wheels for a month.  People…I had to go a whole month with no Sonic.  Do you know excited I was this morning when I drove myself to Sonic?!?!  HAPPY DANCE HAPPY!!!!) and grabbed one.  These fun tic tac toe games are $10.  Not too shabby…
I was EXTRA thrilled when I opened it and saw that the Xs and Os weren’t on there!   YAY for blank spaces (Cue Taylor Swift music!).  
Then I made these:
Click the picture for your freebies!
How freakin cute?!  My very sweet and talented friend Susanna at Whimsy Workshop made these!   She’s seriously amazing.  You must check her out!  
Then I got some Velcro dots and placed them on each side of the tic tac toe spinners!
Then I attached the cards to the Velcro dots!
BAM!   All done!   So…how in the world will we use this!?
Here’s my plan:
For letters/sounds….the ‘staches will gently (YES GENTLY I SAID…which we all know is reality…) toss the bean bag.  Whichever spinny thing they hit and spin, they will say that letter/sound and color the letter on the recording sheet.  
Recording sheets?!  What recording sheets? 
So If I hit the spinner with the Z and it spins around, I would read that letter.  Make sense?!  Clear as mud?!
How much fun is this!?!  
#commoncoreisfun
And…it’s reusable.  
CVC words…Adding and Subtracting…
Real and Nonsense words
Word Families
The uses are many.  And the Velcro allows for easy change out!!!

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  • Reply Lee Ann Rasey July 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I got a Toss Across at Goodwill to use for sight words. I like your idea to use Velcro for changing out! Thanks for the freebie letters!

  • Reply Kimberly Callahan July 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I actually attached a clear pocket like the ones used for name badges rather than Velcro. Works great and I can use any skill without spending money on the Velcro!

  • Reply Vicky Burrows July 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Really creative!- I can see so many different skills being practiced. This is something I could even make for my son!- Great Job!

  • Reply lynette July 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I found mine at a yard sale, love your ideas!

  • Reply Tara July 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    How adorable and clever is that?!?!?! AND how bummed am I that we didn't meet:(((((((( Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  • Reply Kelli July 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Smart! and Fun!! I have a feeling I would end up playing it more than the kids
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

  • Reply Melissa Franke July 14, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Thank you for sharing. I'm going to buy one of these now…

  • Reply Susen Kuchta July 14, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I had one of these that we got at a yard sale but it was a few years ago and we've since tossed it. I am now on the hunt for another one…..fantastic idea!

  • Reply Susen Kuchta July 14, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I had one of these that we got at a yard sale but it was a few years ago and we've since tossed it. I am now on the hunt for another one…..fantastic idea!

  • Reply vicky1970 July 14, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Greg this is genius! I moved up to third and now you have my wheels turning on how I can adapt this…mulitplication facts? Love it!!!
    xo,
    Vicky
    Teaching and Much Moore

  • Reply Mr. Michelbook July 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I bought a Toss Across at The Salvation Army about 2 years ago for $5. I bought it for indoor recess. I've used it maybe twice. Thanks for the ideas to repurpose it!

    -Jeremy

  • Reply Mrs. Walsh July 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I need to find one of these! I want a blank one like yours! 🙂 Great idea!

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