Allyson Caudill

This year’s Pop It is last year’s fidget spinner, and, believe it or not, they can be pretty cool learning tools; think bubble wrap but less wasteful and equally as satisfying. Pop Its come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so keep that in mind when choosing the best one for any activity. I try to stick to the traditional circles and squares because I find them most useful, especially in math. There are Pop Its already labeled with letters or numbers, but you can also make your own using a sharpie. Want to see how you can teach with Pop Its?  Here are 12 activities to try in both math and literacy.

Practice Counting & Skip Counting

Pop a bubble each time you say a number. Or, count forward (skip count) by numbers other than one (2, 3, 5, 10, etc.).

Learn Odds & Evens

Pop all the odd (numbers ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) or all the even numbers (numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8).

Pop it Odd and Even Numbers

Teach Arrays

Create different arrays by popping in rows and columns. Works with addition and multiplication!

Arrays with Pop its

Solve Equations

Pop Its can be used as a tool for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

For adding, pop each digit and then count the total to find the sum.

For subtraction, pop the first digit and then unpop the second digit. Count how many remain to find the difference.

Pop it subtraction within 20

Reimagine the 100

You will need the 100 array Pop It to create a hundred chart. Write 1-100 on the bubbles. Students can use as they normally would to support counting, numeracy skills, and mental math.

Match Letters

Pop the lowercase letter to match each uppercase letter. Then place the matching uppercase letter tile in that spot.

Uppercase Lowercase Matching with Pop its

Segment Phonemes

Pop a bubble for each sound. How many sounds do you hear? Write the letter for each sound.

CVC words with Pop its

Practice the Alphabet

Practice the alphabet in order and pop each letter as you say it. Or another way to teach with Pop Its is to play a game where one student calls out letter names (or sounds) and the rest of the class pops the corresponding letter.

Alphabet pop it with letters

Teach Consonants & Vowels

Pop all the consonants or all the vowels. Then write them in the correct column.

Vowels and Consonants with Pop its

Encourage Spelling

Pop the bubbles (in the correct order) for the letters that spell the dictated words. Then, write the word on the line. A teacher can call the words or a student! This can also be done with picture cards. Choose a card and pop the letters to spell the word in the picture.

Count Syllables

Count the number of syllables in a word by popping one bubble for each. Then, write how many syllables are in the box.

Pop it Syllabication activity

Encourage Writing (Opinion & Persuasive)

Should Pop Its be allowed in school? Create a solid argument with evidence using this free graphic organizer.

Pop It Opinion Writing

Note: You can get all the Pop It activity slides above here!

Where Can You Buy Pop Its?

Five Below, Dollar Tree, and Walmart all usually carry some type of Pop It but here are links to our favorite bundles on Amazon (Note: WeAreTeachers earns a few cents if you purchase using our links, at no extra cost to you.)

4-pack

12-pack

ABC pack (2 pc)

ABC pack (4 pc)

Pop It with numbers 1-30

Do you teach with Pop Its? Share how in the comments below!

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