If you're a long time follower of Life in First Grade, then you'll probably remember this post, where I first talked about using dip trays as center activities. I discovered this fabulous idea when I had the opportunity to watch another teacher teach reading. I now have the privilege to teach with this teacher! She has the BEST ideas. She used the dip trays for dictionary skills, but since I was teaching first graders at the time, I decided to create a story elements version. You can download the patterns to create your own here, but I decided to update my trays with my new little cameo. I LOVE how they turned out and it was so super simple to recreate. 
{Sidenote: another New Year's resolution of mine was to start using my good camera instead of my iphone, so just be warned that there will be pictures from ALL angles. haha!}

I also made another activity using these fun trays. This one focuses on using a thesaurus. The kids roll the dice, find which word they're working with and get busy! If you would like copies of the word lists I use, just ask and I'll post :) 

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