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Teacher Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

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Teachers seem to have this undeniable skill of finding cheap items at stores such as ASDA and transforming them into something incredible. We were super inspired and excited by some of the amazing teacher hacks that some very, very talented and creative teachers had shared with the teaching Instagram community.

15 Dollar STore Teacher Hacks That Are Beyond Amazing!

Persuasive Structure in a Burger

Most of us would have seen the burger inspired parts of a paragraph poster but this visual is next level!

Love it @teaching.with.miss.e.

Persuasive Paragraph - Burger

For more about how to help students plan their persuasive writing, check out our blog – 3 Quick and Effective Persuasive Writing Scaffolds.

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Parts of a Paragraph Poster

Use this burger themed poster to remind your students about paragraph structure.

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Hamburger Structure Chart - Graphic Organiser

Use this blank hamburger graphic organiser to help students visually outline the key components of a good paragraph. 

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Persuasive Text Planning Template (Using OREO)

A planning template for students to use when writing a persuasive text.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 2 - 6
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Persuasive Paragraph - OREO Planning Template

A planning template for students to use when writing a persuasive paragraph.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 2 - 6

CVC Hands-On Activity

We shared this image on our Instagram page as it just makes learning fun in a clever kind of way. Plus, they are colour coded as well – a teacher’s dream, right?

Go check out the amazing @learnlovegrow for her amazing classroom ideas!

#kmartteacherhack

Here are some other CVC activities you may like to check out…

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CVC Words Bingo

Thirty-two bingo cards using CVC words.

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Phonics Flashcards and Progress Tracker - Motorbike Theme

A set of CVC, CCVC and CVVC word flashcards in a motorbike theme with an accompanying motorbike track to monitor student progress.

Teach Starter Publishing26 pagesYears: 1 - 6

Do Not Disturb Light

Use a simple night light to help let your students know when you are busy.

This would be the perfect addition to a guided reading session during literacy rotations in the classroom. Thanks to @roomtwoadventures_ for this fantastic idea.

When the light is on – do not disturb.

Kmart night light hack

Sight Word Fishing Fun

There are a number of fishing type games that you can purchase from dollar stores like this one featured on @teaching_with_butterflyqld Instagram page.

Write sight words on the fish and get students to say the words when they are trying to ‘catch’ the fish! Genius!!

Sight word activity

Guess Who Making a Come Back

Another from our friend over at @teaching_with_butterflyqld using the Guess Who game and our collection of templates to be used in the Guess Who? board game.

Guess Who Kmart Hack

Guess Who templates:

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What's My Card? CVC Words Board Game

A set of cards to be used in a Guess Who? Board Game for students to consolidate their knowledge of CVC words.

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What's My Card? Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Board Game

A set of cards to be used in a Guess Who? Board Game for students to consolidate their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages.

Teach Starter Publishing7 pagesYears: 2 - 6
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What's My Card? Shape Board Game

A set of cards to be used in a Guess Who? Board Game for students to consolidate their knowledge of shape.

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What's My Card? Triple-Digit Board Game

Guess the mystery 3 digit numbers by asking your opponent a series of elimination questions.

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Alphabet Fun with Wooden Pegs

Combining letters with fine motor is brilliant.

As these are capital letters – why not do some matching of lowercase and uppercase letters using the pegs? Bravo! Thanks to @learnwithmisslaura for this awesome idea…

Letters and fine motor kmart hack

Pool Noodle Hack

We love how @learnlovegrow has used this pool noodle hack to get students to create CVC or sight words. Again – colour coordinated for consonants and vowels.

She has also used wooden rulers for students to create the words.

Pool noodle hack

Hands-On Hundreds Chart

This was a popular #teacherhack seen on Instagram and it’s no wonder why… it’s brilliant and can be used for a variety of levels too!

Thanks to @misstyr3 for this awesome photo. Extend students by getting them to just count in 5s and only attach those tiles together.

Hundreds Chart Kmart Hack

Classroom Storage Solutions

These pots are just the perfect size to store pencils and crayons – and this colour coordination is simply #classroomgoals!

Thanks to @missdriscolls_class for this stunning photo! Check out that organisation!

Classroom storage solutions

Student Whiteboard Markers

Apart from these pens looking fantastic, they are perfect for students to use when they are writing on their whiteboards or ‘show me’ boards!

Build in whiteboard eraser is a genius idea too!

Student whiteboard pen hacks

Pom Pom Pals

We absolutely adore this idea by @ridgydidgeresources.

She is adding them to her relief bag for relief teaching – only the children staying on task and doing the right thing will receive a pom pom pal! Love it!

Pom Pom Pals

Rainbow Fact Fun

Finally, a use for those gorgeous rainbow sticky notes! @mrsstennettsclassroom has used them to create some gorgeous rainbow fact cards. She laminated them so the kids can hold onto them when working through maths problems – brilliant!

Rainbow Facts Resource

Tangram Goodness

Our Tangram Treats Task Cards and Templates go perfectly with wooden Tangrams.

Thanks to @teachingwithmisst_ for discovering this match made in heaven!

Tangram Treats

Scissor Storage Solution

Do you feel like your students are constantly looking for their scissors? This storage hack is brilliant and super easy to implement in your classroom!

It’s a coffee cup holder transformation… Brilliant #teacherorganisationhack by @classofmissmac.

Scissor storage

Puzzle Hack

Puzzles are always fun – why not get your students to learn other skills all while having fun with a puzzle?

The beauty of this idea is that you can create it to suit the needs of your students.

Kmart Puzzle Hack

Did any of these spark some inspiration?

We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section of this blog.

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  • Jillian Blackbeard
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    I love this! Definiately going to put this on my keep busy table.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      So glad you enjoyed this blog, Jillian...

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