Sunday, February 6, 2011

Another Math Printable

Power Towers Label
(click to download file in google docs)


Here's a little label to jazz up the containers you use to store the cups for your "power towers" center.  What are "power towers"?  Head on over to www.teachertipster.com and check out the video about them. I started using this idea for a math center last week and it has quickly become a class favorite for practicing math facts. They seriously L-O-V-E it. One of my toughest little kiddos even begged me to have this activity be his "daily reward" for good behavior -- usually it's 5 free minutes on the computer at the end of the day.

On the video he suggests using pringles cans, but I had an empty container (from sugar-free kool-aid) laying around that worked out perfectly. The small size dixie cups fit great and it takes up less space. One other modification I made was to write the answer to the problem inside the top rim of each cup, so they can check their answer before adding the cup to the stack. If they get one wrong they have to put it back on the bottom of the stack.

15 comments:

Rikki said...

Thanks so much, love the site teacher tipster.
hive2nd.blogspot.com

Kinderglynn said...

adorable thanks for sharing
donna
http://kinderglynn.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Magee said...

I just saw something about this on another blog. I had never heard of Power Towers! I'm so excited to start using this in my classroom!
http://firstgradebrain.blogspot.com/

Lindsey said...

i love this! and my kids will to! Thanks:)

-lindsey
http://theteacherwife.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Lewis said...

I use the power towers in my classroom for multiplication facts. My kids love it too. :)

-Tanya
www.lewislearninglibrary.blogspot.com

Wendi said...

I am so making these for my 2nd graders! I love your blog. :)

teacher2mom said...

What a great idea!

http://teacher-2-mom.blogspot.com/

Melissa said...

I'm going to have to make these right away, my kids will love it! So glad I found your blog. I've never visited teacher tipster so I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

www.fisforfirstgrade.blogspot.com

Kelley said...

What a great idea! I'm going to make these for my kids for the start of the year as we build basic fact power and then try to create one for basic multiplication as well as I teach third grade. Thanks for the printout and inspiration!
Please check out my new blog for teachers if you have time...
http://randalllearninglibrary.blogspot.com/

THanks, Kelley

Dustin Smith said...

Hey Laura! It's Dustin from TeacherTipster! Thanks for sharing this! I love the label you created! Why am I screaming (!!!!!!! excited marks everywhere!) It's too late to stop now! So, thanks again! Do you mind if I share the label in my printables section!?!?! If not, I can just tell folks to come over to your spot to print it out. (Let's end with a calming period)

Dustin Smith said...

Oh, and I would list you as the creator of the label for sure. Forgot to say that. Have a good Friday!

Laura said...

Hi Dustin! I'm so excited that you visited my blog. :) Feel free to post the label on your site! That actually makes me very excited. I love your ideas!!

Cindy Gilchrist said...

I saw this on Teacher Tipster also and was planning to make it when I saw your photo on Pinterest. I LOVE your can AND your poem! I make some too if you want to check it out (I posted your photo):

mrsgilchristsclass.blogspot.com

Thanks for the inspiration!

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