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Activity Books

Whole-Year Program

Are They Thinking?
Grades 2-6.

The title poses the question and we provide the answer: YES! Or they will be once you put these ideas into action. This outstanding thinking-skills program is sure to fascinate your students with its diverse challenges.

$28.00

Learning Centers

Brain Stations
Grades 2-6.

Here are 50 thinking centers, 50 stops along an exciting thinking track. These innovative ideas are easy to implement. Everyone will have fun with "Your Face," "Silly Questions," "Blocks on Parade," and many more.

$16.00
Is It Friday Already?
Grades 2-6.

This book is often called a classic—and it may deserve the billing since it’s been in print for over 30 years! It has an enthusiastic following among teachers who want to incorporate learning centers in their classrooms. We're offering the final copies of this wonderful book for half price—just $10!

$10.00

Direction Following & Listening

Going Places
Grades 2-6.

Take an imaginary trip to the zoo, to a fair, to the mountains, on an airplane and to City Hall. Students work on activity sheets as you read from a script. Excellent analytical thinking practice for gifted students.

$17.00

Thinking Challenges

Gotta Think
Grades 2-6.

A sequel to our popular book, WakerUppers. Use these upbeat thinking activities as enrichment rewards when other work is finished, or save them for special occasions. Designed to get kids thinking, and to have fun in the process. More than 300 activities in all—challenging yet friendly.

$16.00
How Would That Look?
Grades 1-6.

Each activity begins with a carefully structured statement, such as "An invisible person is running. The person's clothes and shoes are not invisible. How would that look?" The children must process information, formulate a visual idea and then draw it on their own paper.

$13.00
Ideas To Go
Grades 2-6.

Yes, this is a book of reproducible activity sheets. But with lively challenges like "1-2-3 Think," "Picture Puzzlers" and "How Things Move," these 50 activities offer something entirely different from your run-of-the-mill worksheets.

$16.00

Language Development

Just Write!
Grades 2-6.

Get students writing in spite of themselves! These 50 reproducibles each have a different theme, such as the "Happy Page," the "Bug Page," and the "Tiny Page." Helps students approach the daunting task of writing with less dread and more confidence.

$16.00
Letter Getters I
Grades 2-6.

Each Letter Getters book includes 100 word challenges. Students complete sentences based on letter prompts. For example: "It's hard to look up a word in the dictionary when you don't know how … t s i" (to spell it). Or, "If you flip a coin and guess how it will land, you'll be right about … h o t t" (half of the time).

$16.00
Letter Getters II
Grades 2-6.

Each Letter Getters book includes 100 word challenges. Students complete sentences based on letter prompts. For example: "A stream is smaller than a river and a pond is … s t a l" (smaller than a lake). Or, "Not all houses have basements or second floors, but every house has … d a w" (doors and windows).

$16.00

Thinkables

Thinkables

Dots and Lines - 4th through 6th
Grades 4-6.

This collection of 15 activities encourages children to look at visual information and analyze it in depth. This is not easy!

$5.00
Drawing Starts I - 1st through 3rd

The drawings are already started (just a little bit) so students must incorporate the lines that are given into their final product.

$5.00
Drawing Starts II - 4th through 6th

Four separate drawing starts in four boxes begin each activity. Students must use the drawing starts as part of their drawing based on four descriptions.

$5.00
Expand the Thought I - 1st through 3rd

Sometimes it is fun to take one subject and play with it in a variety of ways. If all goes well, the end result is a kind of "mental stretching." Fun thinking!

$5.00
Expand the Thought II - 4th through 6th

Elaborative thinking is the challenge here. Students begin with a single concept and branch out in surprising directions. Promotes flexible thinking!

One activity starts this way: "Suddenly you have turned into a tiny person as big as your thumb. You are wearing glasses. Draw them the size they would be." From there, the challenge goes into other ideas connected to being one thumb tall. "Think of three things  you could carry but which would seem heavy." Or, "How big is that hat you're wearing? Draw it."  And on it goes.

Students are encouraged to think about 15 different subjects from a variety of angles.

$5.00
Finish the Thought - 4th through 6th

Language usage is complex. The activities in this collection focus on the way we learn language and the subtleties of its usage.

$5.00
How Would That Look? I - 1st through 6th

Each activity begins with a carefully structured statement. Children must process information, formulate a visual idea and then draw it on their paper.

$5.00
How Would That Look? II - 1st through 6th

There are 45 visual problems that you present orally to the class. In each case children must draw what you've described. Students aren't making art with a capital A. Rather, keen listening is what is needed to produce the desired outcome.

$5.00
Join In! -1st through 4th

These 15 activities give everyone a break from the regular curriculum for a few minutes of fun whole-class play.

The point here is for children to relax and simply have fun.

The challenges are varied. In "The Great Paper Race" children use pencils to pass a strip of paper around the class—without letting the paper strip drop to the floor.

"Close Your Eyes" asks children to not peek when they are asked some very elementary questions about their room. "What is the color of the ceiling?" "How many windows are there?" etc.

Great for promoting class camaraderie!

$5.00
Just Write! I -2nd through 5th

The amount of writing required is not voluminous but it's a start to expressing oneself on paper.

You'll get interesting results when students are asked to write a sentence that starts out sloppy BUT ends up neatly (from the But page) or explains in writing WHY people don't keep earthworms as pets (from the Why page).

Since each of these 15 assignments starts with a theme, the writing covers a lot of territory—and it's motivational to do.

$5.00

Card Sets

Card Sets

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Adventures of a Dot Series
Grades 2-6.

The "Dot" series of 10 card sets promotes higher-level thinking. Each set relates to a believable experience undertaken by a little character called Dot.

$35.00
An Alphabet You've Never Met
Grades 2-6.

This jumbo card set asks youngsters to think of words suggested by a masterful manipulation of alphabet letters. Answers begin with the letter featured in each drawing.

$9.00

Discover! Series II

Discover A Button
Discover! A Button
Grades 2-6.

How many buttons are you wearing right now?

$3.50
Discover! A Crayon
Grades 2-6.

How is a crayon different from a pencil? Make a list.

$3.50
Discover! A Key
Grades 2-6.

Cars have keys. Why don't tricycles have keys?

$3.50
Discover! A Milk Carton
Grades 2-6.

How many times can you find the word "milk" on the carton?

$3.50
Discover! A Paper Plate
Grades 2-6.

Most people do not use paper plates at home every day. Why not?

$3.50

Discover! Series I

Discover! A Comb
Grades 2-6.

If you pressed the teeth of a comb into wet sand, what marks would it make?

$3.50
Discover! A Paper Bag
Grades 2-6.

Name some tools and materials you might need to make a paper bag.

$3.50
Discover! A Paper Clip
Grades 2-6.

How many pieces of wire are in a paper clip?

$3.50