Tried it Tuesday - Power Towers!!

I am so happy to be linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for her awesome and inspiring linky - Tried it Tuesday. Be sure to stop by her blog and check out all the fantastic things people are trying!!


This week I want to share Power Towers! This is another idea I got from Teacher Tipster (shocking I know) but I want to share how I am using them and my plans for next year.

Here is the Teacher Tipster video explaining Power Towers.

I started using these last year when I was teaching Grade 2/3. I made Dolch Word towers, theme word towers, addition towers and easy multiplication towers.

I love them, because the kids in my class love them - they occasionally need prompting to read them or do the math - not just build with them!

I love them because students are getting some basic review when they finish their work.

I love them because I get to eat Pringles.
I love them because I get to buy Scrapbooking Paper - I love Scrapbooking Paper even though I don`t scrapbook!!

Here are some of my towers:

Here are the supplies you need: empty pringles can, small drinking cups from the dollar store, Modge Podge and Scrapbooking paper.

My plan for next year (to make them a little more grade 4ish):

Multiplication Tower to 12 x 12
Division Tower
Word Study Towers:
*harder words
*spelling patterns such at "tion"
*homophone pairs, antonyms, synonyms - find the partner words then add to tower
*and thinking how to make a prefix, suffix,  & root word tower


  1. Cute idea! And a great reason to eat pringles :-)


  2. How stinking cute are those! And what a coincidence... I too enjoy 1. eating pringles and 2. buying scrapbook paper! Sounds like a summer project :o)

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  3. Oooo, fun! I will have to watch the video when I have a sec...crazy busy week here! This looks like it will be something my kids will love! (and I used to scrapbook so I have tons of scrapbook paper...and I keep buying it...because sometimes I feel crafty...and because I'm a teacher and we're supposed to have cute paper!) ;O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  4. First off, that guy is hilarious! I love how he is busting out with MC Hammer and then gets totally serious! LOL!!

    I have to try this! I love anything with mod podge and scrapbook paper:) My students started using free time this year to do the "cup game" (serious of beats on a cup and hand motions to move the cup to pass it in a circle). It was cool because one student knew the cup game and we did it together perfectly the first time without knowing if we knew the same version:) They love stuff like that! This is even better because of the added educational value!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. This is AWESOME!! Definitely adding this to the summer project list!!!


    Hodges Herald


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