This 34-page file includes twelve activities your students can complete when they are done with their work. You can also use them as enrichment activities in math class.
Thank you for supporting me over time, helping me to achieve my goals as a teacher. As of now, I am in my second year of teaching fifth grade gifted students, though I taught fourth grade for nine years. The Minded Enrichment Crate became reality in fall 2010, but I never really let my ideas for it come to life as it should have. I am in the process of remodeling it, and I am sharing everything I have developed with awesome, spectacular YOU.
How did I come up with the idea? I ran into an art teacher in the bookstore, and we were standing in the magazine section together. I was glancing through a few magazines for kids, and then we began talking. Somehow the idea came alive right before our eyes. I believe I said something along the lines of, "It would be wonderful to encourage students who are artists to embrace their talents in the classroom, but somehow tie it to academics. The same for musicians, those who love technology, those who are always full of ideas."
I posted about the crate a year later, never expecting anything along the lines of the response I received. I posted that I would possibly post a video of me explaining what was in the crate, yet when I looked at it while moving out of my classroom this year, I almost felt... ashamed of it, like it had a fabulous exterior and not-so-stimulating interior. It sat there for over a year, too, unused, but I remember the excitement I felt when I first came up with the idea.
So now, I am going to bring it back to life. Sometimes, the section will be free-choice for the class after they finish something, yet if they are in math class, for example, I may limit the activities to Math-Minded. These are the areas I have defined for the NEW Minded crate: Math-Minded, Science-Minded, History-Minded, Technology-Minded, Literary-Minded, Music-Minded, Travel-Minded, Art-Minded, and World-Minded.
Of course, if you are developing your own crate, you can delve beyond my ideas. Yet hopefully, I am providing enough to get you started or be efficient in your classroom.
What do you need to get started? Surprisingly, not much, but you can add as much as you need to. Of course, you need a crate, and then I used heavy-duty plastic dividers as well as gallon-size zippering bags. I also have some folders and a few 1/2-inch binders in the crate. Each section is clearly labeled and includes a list of activities on the inside of the folder. There are 3-15 activities in each section, and with math, I have written some problems for the students to reflect upon.
Every resource in this folder is original. If anyone developed anything similar, I didn't look at it first nor use any of their ideas for inspiration. These are all my interpretations-approach, wording, graphics, etc.
Now, without further ado, are tons of ideas so your crate can come to life in your classroom. Enjoy!