Small groups are an important part of your daily instruction. But some teachers are being told no more small groups and so these interventions will have to happen with students out at their desks. And so we put together this mobile small group cart that you can use at your small group table OR move around to provide those activities at your student desks. Keep reading to see everything included.
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This article works well with these Simply Kinder resources:
Sounds crazy right? No small groups. Well, it’s happening and some teachers are trying to figure out how to do groups not at your table. We have taken what we had on our shelves for small groups and put them on a cart so you can take those interventions out to your students. This way you can work with students on their specific needs without gathering students at your small group table.
We started with a Lexington 3-Tier Craft Rolling Cart we found at Michaels here. We also added a handle to our cart so that way it would be easier to move through the tables. You can also get the rolling cart on Amazon here. We also used The Home Edit bins (small and tall) we found at The Container Store here but you can really use any bins you find to organize your stuff.
Our top shelf we wanted to keep the things that are planned for the week. It currently includes:
- Magnetic letters. We just used ones we have. Click here if you don’t have some in your classroom.
- Two color counters. These are great for using for push the chip activities or on ten frames. Click here to get them on Amazon if you don’t have some.
- Mini erasers from Target Dollar Spot. These are are great for counting activities, using as counter, or using on sound boxes. You can change these out with the seasons which makes them novel for your students.
- Double-Sided Magnetic Write & Wipe Mini Boards from Lakeshore (click here).
- Different pencils to write with.
- Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers. I like to write with the finer tip markers because sometimes the bigger ones are harder to get the strokes. (We usually have both available). Click here to see them on Amazon.
- Highlighters. These are great for tracing letters or words for students to trace.
- Student pencils scissors & glue sticks. These are just great to have on hand in case a student does not have them quickly available. Sometimes it’s motivating to get to use different supplies too.
- Different fun things to read with. Wiggly eye finger things are from Target (click here for Target or here on Amazon). Fun plastic glasses with no lenses (we just popped them out). Sometimes y Finger pointers that we picked up at the counter at our local teacher store.
- Certificates. These are great to give students when you see them do something you are proud of. I am horrible at remembering so I do it right then and there. I am sure you have LOTS, the ones shown came from Lakeshore during Back to School 2020.
- Hundred 120 charts. We found these little charts that are super sturdy. They are called Place Value Window Charts from Carson Dellosa (click here).
- Blending Boxes & Ten Frames (keep reading to get these free).
- Different sticky notes. These are great to give something novel for students to write on.
- Date stamp. Sometimes it’s fun to let your students date their work with the stamp. We teach them to write the date but sometimes we want it to just be quick. We got ours at Lakeshore here but you can also find some on Amazon here.
- Treasure chest with stickers. We only put a few in there so it’s not an ordeal if we let them pick. They are in a Fortnite treasure chest I stole from my son’s closet.
- Bottle of hand sanitizer. Students will squirt in and out of working with the items on your cart.
- File Folders. You can use them to store printables or assessments you need for the week.
Our second shelf includes things we can just quickly pull if we need.
- Word Kit. We pulled some sections of our Word Kit to have readily available. We pulled the Alphabet Cards, the Pre-Primer Sight Words, and then Short A Cards in case we have any students ready to blend. Click here to see this resource on Simply Kinder. (Bins are from the Photo Storage Bins here or you can get them at Walmart or Michaels).
- Intervention Kit. We pulled the Phoneme Segmentation Cards, the Rapid Alphabet, and a few other activities that will be great to just draw on quickly. Click here to see this resource on Simply Kinder. Bins are same as above.
- Mini Totes. These will be great to have activities pre-pulled and ready to just drop off with a student. They are Mini Party Totes from The Container Store here.
Our last bin will be things we are not necessarily using every day but want to have on hand to access when it is needed.
- Smelly markers and flair pens. These just make my heart happy and if I have to write it should enjoy it too.
- Tactile letters. I just know I will need these at the start of the year so I have them handy for now. I got this set at Lakeshore here.
- Dice. All sorts so we can use them for math groups.
- Sand Timers. One minute is great for fluency and five minutes is good for keeping time on your activity. We picked these up at Lakeshore as well (click here).
- Magnetic Sight Words. I got these at a local teacher store and cannot find them anywhere online. They are Junior Learning Magnetic Sight Words. We will eventually add the words we learn around the cart.
- Then we have a few extra bins because we know other things will come up. (I would like to add mini slinkies or maybe some stretchy things for phonemic awareness).
We added some very small border (we just cut a strip off our favorite border) and affixed it with tape. We added our sight words to the outside of it and are ready to go.
Above we talked about our Free Small Group Templates. Enter your details below and we will send you some different templates to use during small group.