Saturday, December 13, 2014

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Happy Holidays!

Have you heard of Sit Spots?  I've seen a bunch of primary teachers using them to mark spots for students to sit.  One day I jokingly said to my coteacher, "I think WE need Sit Spots!".  I decided to snoop around their website a little bit and then my brain started working overtime.  I learned that they work on classroom carpet without damaging it (note...they do NOT work on area rugs) and come in a zillion shapes and colors. 

I started to think--would having some of these portable "spots" help me with transitions and organization?  Would they help my students stay focused and know what to do?  In the intermediate grades, we don't necessarily need our students to "stay put" in one spot, but I had some ideas for how to use these in intermediate classrooms...and the Sit Spot people wanted me to test them out!

Here are a few things I am using my spots for!  See what you think!
The first thing I did was to order my dots...I got 6 dots in 5 colors because I thought it would offer me lots of options.  Notice how I put two of the same colored dots next to each other.  Those are their "turn and talk" partners!  No more wasted time trying to make partners and no more kids being left out!
I even started having students go stand on a dot and then move to a new color...that kept them from always finding the same dot.  In fact, sometimes I would tell them to find a dot they had never sat on before to use!  It was a great way to shake up routine and get students sitting by new friends.
Although I bought circles (seemed the most "intermediate" and flexible), I did buy a few long strips.  I have one area in my room where traffic crosses my small group work.  I put the stripe up as a sort of "boundary" for my group area.  It worked!
Another great use of these dots was to help with organization.  I do a lot of small group work so I started experimenting with using my dots to mark the places I wanted groups to meet.  It was an easy way for students to find a spot, pass out supplies, etc.
I also tried putting spots in a semicircle for a reading group...I am NOT a table person and this did keep my students right where I wanted them!
This was another use...if you are like me, you have your desks in groups--but those groups keep moving around the room--and creeping forward into our large group space.  The spots really helped desk groups know right where to line up their desks at the end of the day!

So I have some great news!  The Sit Spot people are so excited about the thought of extending their reach into more intermediate classrooms that they have agreed to give a FIFTY DOLLAR gift certificate to one of you!  It's super easy to enter the giveaway...they want to reward my followers!  If you are interested, just enter below!  You could get a set of Sit Spots of your own for the holidays!


  1. Could your classroom use them as coordinates? I got a set for my daughter-in-laws kinders. Now I should think about them for my own daughters 4th grade class!

  2. I would use them to assign spots at the whole group area.

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  3. I would use them for spots for the kids to sit during read aloud time. That way we'd have more reading time and less "finding a seat" time.

  4. I would definitely use these in my 5th grade classroom. The spots would be a huge time saver in getting kids in groups without waiting to see where a friend is where to sit. I do circle discussion groups in RTI and can these being a big help in coordinating where groups should be as well. The possibilities seem endless (math centers, science and social studies groups, and oh so much more). Thank you for sharing this blog!

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  6. How about using them:
    *on desks to designate roles for cooperative learning activities.
    * to scatter on floor with different prefixes and suffixes on them...students draw a word card and quickly find a prefix word could match with their word.
    *to use to show where to stand for number line, place value, or math properties activities.
    *to write different pt. values on spots and scatter on floor for review games...students move to a spot to answer questions based on the pt value of each spot.

  7. in brainstorming mode!! :)
    How about using them:
    * to write numbers on. Students chose one to stand on and then tell if the number is odd/even, prime/composite, list the multiples/factors, to write the prime factorization of, to multiple/divide their number by number given by teacher, etc. :)

  8. Love your ideas and would love to win these! I can totally use these in my 3rd grade classroom! Either a) to remind groups/partners where they are supposed to sit b) set them up in groups of 2 for turn and talks. Quick question though, are they easily reused? or once they are lifted from the carpet they must be thrown out?

    1. Nope! I have moved mine around a number of times! You can keep using them. :)

    2. That's really really awesome! Then I can REALLY manipulate groups and such! Thanks for such a good giveaway!

  9. I would use them to mark where (how far apart!) to sit when we are in a circle.

  10. I have been doing a ton of work on co-ordinate graphing! I think it would be fun to make these into student demonstrated lessons...they could use a large space and create a grid, then create some challenges for their classmates to follow. Sort of like a HUGE Battleship game using larger than life pieces!

  11. I would use them to teach directional/positional concepts. Like left two spaces, up two spaces to get to a specific target on the carpet. Good lead into teaching "hour of code" for any grade level.

  12. I would use them in the library for storytime.

  13. I would place spots around the room for cooperative learning and then pass out cards to designate which area students would go to. I think it could be great for organizing groups!