I realize that the sale items were not among the "Common Core Aligned" selection, but I thought I would take a chance and just align them myself. So I selected four theme kits, all of which contained activities that are already laminated (that alone makes them more valuable, right, teachers?!?).
I selected themes that I knew would fit into my instruction at some point throughout the year.
Each kit was full of activities. These came from the "Insects and Ocean Animals Kit."
I went to work, cutting the already laminated activities, organizing them into bags, and labeling the bags with skills that correlate with our pacing guide.
Then, I filed the activities away into my new file system! (If you missed my post explaining my organizational method, you can read all about it here.) I am so grateful to have these hanging files organized!
So, each kit contained ten centers, which gave me a total of 40 new, already-laminated (can you tell that's important to me? haha!) centers to use in my classroom this year.
Would you like to hear the best part? I paid $10 for one kit, and the others were free. So, basically, when you factor in the shipping and handling charges, I paid a grand total of $15 for everything. I am beyond thrilled! I really was grateful to receive these, because many of the centers in the kits fell under standards for which I was a bit weak on center options. I feel so much more prepared now. :)
If you aren't subscribed to the Mailbox, I would highly recommend it! All of their new books are common-core aligned, and there really are some awesome resources available on the web site as well.