Friday, July 6, 2012

VersaTiles Starter Set Giveaway

Have you heard of VersaTiles? I had heard of them but never seen them in action. The great people over at ETA hand2mind sent me a 1st grade Reading/Language Arts Starter Set to try. I am using it with an incoming first grader I am tutoring this summer and I am a new fan!

The numbered tiles come in a black case with the letter choices on the bottom. As the student chooses the correct answer, he places the number on the letter choice.

We used this book but the starter kit comes with 8 books at different levels of increasing complexity.  My student is still struggling with some of his letter names and sounds so we did the beginning sound picture match the first day.
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Here is a sample page

Once all the questions are answered the student closes the lid, flips it over and reopens it. The back of the tiles form a design that the student compares to the answer key at the bottom of the page.
As you can see, he got 2 wrong (yellow & blue reversed.) So the student takes those 2 out, flips it back over, and tries again. My student confused the b & d so you here you see him trying the finger trick.
 Here is a better picture of the finger trick. I have them say, "a, b (hold up the left), c, d (hold up the right.) I like this better than the bed thing because they always have their fingers with them!
After he fixes his mistakes, the student flips it back over to check again. This time he got it right!
VersaTiles are perfect to add as a Daily 5 choice or literacy center. These are exactly the kind of skills I want my students practicing and I don't have to make them! Plus I love the manipulative aspect. The boy I tutor is *very active* and he was completely engaged by manipulating the tiles and closing and flipping the case.  The self-checking immediate feedback is also a big plus. I'd highly recommend this product!

There are also different VersaTiles sets focusing on comprehension strategies, vocabulary, children's literature, even math and science! Check out the ETA hand2mind website to learn more.

The terrific people at ETA hand2mind are offering 1 lucky winner a 1st Grade VersaTiles Reading/Language Arts Starter Set! Enter via Rafflecopter until July 13th at midnight.
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19 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! One of my teammates was raving about Versatiles last year & really piqued my interest. This would be great to win. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Versatiles really are wonderful and fun for the children. I've used them in the past. They are highly engaging. I would love to win a set to use in my classroom!
    RosaMaria

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  3. I have some of those from SOOO long ago. I need to bring those back out!
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  4. I would love to add this to my first grade classroom! They look very engaging.

    Christine
    sakesmom2@gmail.com

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  5. This looks great! As a special education teacher (grades 4-6 this year) even some of my older students need this type of work.

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  6. Visatiles have been around for a very long time. Last year when I tutored some older kids their teacher gave me some math ones that were over 25 years old. I had never seen them before. The kids love them and I would love to have a set for first graders. It is perfect independent practice. Thanks.
    Claire
    www.firstgradesmarties.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! Versatiles seem like an awesome manipulative! Check out my post - http://fantasticfirstgradefriends.blogspot.com/. I am new to the blogging world!

    Lindsey Roseboom

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  8. I LOVE Versatiles! Our title reading teacher uses them and the kids LOVE them :)

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  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Versatiles!!! They are the best!!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  10. I love these and wish they were in the classroom.

    I wanted to award you the Versatile Blogger Award!
    Stop by to check it out.

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  11. Hey Jenn,

    I've nominated you for an award! Stop by my blog to get it. :)

    Lovely Little Learners

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  12. I would love love these! They would go great during my daily 5 time! What a great giveway!

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  13. I have the old version of Versatiles that was handed down to me from other teachers. I absolutely love them. I even have them for math. The best part is my students love them too!
    Jessica

    Apples and Papers

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  14. I used them years ago when I fist started teaching and worked at a tutoring company! I would love a set for my first grade class:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  15. I absolutely LOVE versatiles!! But we only have one set for the whole grade :(

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  16. I would love a set for my classroom.

    lsslak@yahoo.com

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  17. I would love a set, this looks awesome!

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  18. What a super giveaway - I just love versatiles. Over the years I've lost pieces...so it sure would be nice to have shiny new set!!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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