What small item would be useful for your classroom?

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  1. AReavis

    AReavis Guest

    Jan 26, 2016

    Hello!
    I work for a state agency that creates educational materials for K-12 teachers to teach Arkansas History. I have a budget that allows me to order materials, 1 per classroom, to give to teachers. In the past we have done:
    - puzzles with the border states, counties, and geographic regions
    - cookie cutters in the shapes of Arkansas symbols
    - posters of famous Arkansans, geography, and early settlers of Arkansas
    - trivia cards of state history
    - matching cards, of famous Arkansans and state symbols

    I want to do things that are useful for teachers, and am looking for ideas. What would you love to have in your classroom to help you teach state history? The cost would have to be under $5 per item, so nothing grand.
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I would use a puzzle or some sort of card game for the library.

    I wouldn't mind bookmarks or pencils, either.
     
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    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    I need a heavy duty pencil sharpener that won't break three months into the year.

    Two or three would be ideal.
     
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    I agree with pencils. Those would be the most useful across the board.
     
  6. mathmagic

    mathmagic Enthusiast

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    Based on the requirements - helping teach state history, and around $5 or less...I'm thinking perhaps a large printed map that could be put on the wall? Or even some realia, such as printed pictures of certain key areas? If you could pool the money for each classroom for the sake of getting one thing for each school, perhaps a few videos if there are any good ones relating to the state's history?
     
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    I like the trivia cards, especially if they can be used in a game format. Any chance that you could create an app for that, which would be one cost, but all teachers would be able to access? Anything that can be incorporated into tech is a plus.
     
  8. Upsadaisy

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    Is this for teachers in Arkansas only?
     
  9. teacherintexas

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    Could you make the trivia cards for a game like suggested above? You could include a black line master of the cards and a game board at little cost and the teachers could make sets for everyone to play.

    You would have to make several different levels though. Third graders need a different set than high school students.
     
  10. otterpop

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    I agree that pencils or bookmarks would be well used and appreciated.

    A quality state map would be good to have. Also, a timer would be nice, either a sand timer or a twist-dial kitchen timer.
     
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    A Koosh Ball
     
  12. amyjowin

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    Pencils and duct tape
     
  13. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Posters of
    State
    State symbols
    State seal
    Natural resources

    Also I have a book titled 'G is for Garden State' about NJ....I believe there are similarly titled books in the series for most, if not all, of the US.
     
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  14. Puppet Debris

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    I think many teachers often develop their own little gadgets, tools, etc. and many probably could be patented and sold, but I think teachers are not allowed to want to make money. I know I was made to feel that way. I think the big companies think teachers will be happy to just receive some kind of attention for being the inventor. I think the big companies rely on the eqo that many teachers develop.
    For example, two things I have thought of are:
    1) nomoruler (a college professor said I should get this published),
    2) colored mechanical pencils (someone at Walmarts said I should get a patent for this idea).

    But I doubt I am the only person who has thought of these things. I would think many of people who work for the companies who make colored pencils have surely thought of making colored mechanical pencils.
     
  15. teacherintexas

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    I don't know if all colors are available, but I have red and green lead mechanical pencils. We use them for checking.
     
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