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!!


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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

6 comments

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

    Sarah
    MissKinBK

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  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)

    Sabra
    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

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  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)

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  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!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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

    Thanks
    Elizabeth

    Hodges Herald

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