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Little Pocket Sort Review & Giveaway!

When my new blog BFF Brandi over at Really Good Stuff asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a product and hosting a giveaway, it took me about a millisecond to answer, "Yes, Please!" I'm sure you're familiar with Really Good Stuff, but if you're not, be sure to visit them. I've been a longtime fan of RGS because they have such unique and creative resources that you won't find anywhere else.

I got a chance to use the Little Pocket Sort for Cause & Effect. Cause & Effect is one of the toughest skills for my kids to really grasp, so I was super excited to try this out. First of all, how cute are the little folders?! They're about a quarter of the size of a real folder.  Shrink something down and its cuteness factor multiplies, am I right?
So beyond the cuteness, these little folders actually serve a great purpose. Students choose two cards that have the same picture on them. Then they flip them over, read the sentences on the back and decide which card has the cause and which has the effect. They put the cards in the respective pockets, then go on to two more cards. There is also a great helper card that the students can use to help them decide. I used it in a small group for the first time and that little helper card was really a fantastic addition. It also came with the sturdy little denim envelopes you see below. You can use them to hold the cards before you sort them and you can even put certain cards in a pocket to differentiate or organize for small group work. I took my own pictures, but this one straight from RGS really does a much better job of showing you everything you get in this really great product.


There's also an answer key card so the kids can check their work which makes them a great partner activity. Have students take turns choosing a set and adding them to their folder. Then when all the cards are gone, partners can use the answer key to check each other's work.

The whole thing came with a sturdy plastic bag for storage. The only problem is now I MUST have the rack that they sell to hang these on! I've been looking for a solution for storing some of my games and independent activities and I think these racks will do the job nicely. They're really reasonably priced and I deserve a little classroom treat!

So, now on to the giveaway! One lucky reader will get the Cause & Effect Little Pocket Sort that I reviewed. Yay RGS! To enter, you must use RAFFLECOPTER below. When you click on Rafflecopter to enter, it will tell you that you can earn two bonus entries for leaving a comment or spreading the word about the giveaway. So, if you choose that option, just leave a comment or spread the word after you enter on Rafflecopter and you'll automatically be entered twice! For the foreseeable future, I'll be using Rafflecopter for all of my giveaways. It's completely random and I don't have to count up comments :)  The winner will be announced right here on the same Rafflecopter graphic that you're using to enter today. So check back on Saturday to see if you're the lucky winner! (Be sure to click on the "read more" link if you don't see Rafflecopter)
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98 comments:

  1. Cause and Effect is hard for my kiddos too! Maybe I'll win this sort to give them a little help! Thanks for blogging your review!

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  2. This product line looks wonderful.

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  3. cause & effect is so hard for the kids to grasp. this looks like a great product!

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  4. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!! Cause & effect is a tricky concept - I hope to win this great product!!
    Brianne

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  5. This looks like a fun game the students would be into.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  6. This looks fabulous! I blogged about your giveaway!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-bit-of-snow-but-teacher-workday.html

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  7. These look great, thanks for sharing!!
    Amy
    http://theresourseroom.blogspot.com/

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  8. I love RGS!!! I use a lot of it in my classroom!!

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  9. This is awesome for the classroom! Kids will get so much from it!

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  10. This looks like a great product.
    I really want to try this with my ELs--we're struggling with this concept in sixth grade too!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  11. I'd love to try this out! Thanks for the give away!

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  12. These are so cute. Cause and Effect is definitely an area my kids need to practice.

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  13. Cause and Effect is one of my next units. I love this product :)

    Maria.

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  14. Always working on cause nd effect! Looks great and it is so true... Shink something down and it looks cuter. :)
    Patty

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  15. Make sure you read the reviews about the rack! Looks like a great cause/effect activity! Thanks!

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  16. I love their stuff and cause and effect is such a hard concept to teach.

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  17. These pocket sorts are awesome!! I love really good stuff!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  18. What a great product!! Cause and Effect is a toughie for me to teach AND for the kids to grasp. This would be wonderful for us! :)

    thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

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  19. This is awesome!!! Love it!!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  20. This looks great - especially to go along with the Amelia Bedelia stuff I found recently.

    zputty@gmail.com

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  21. This looks like a great product to use!

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  22. Crossing my fingers! Great Giveaway!

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  23. I love your giveaway! My fingers are crossed. :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  24. Thanks for the chance. This looks great. It will be on my wish list for sure!

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  25. This looks great for cause & effect! meredith.mitchell@nhcs.net

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  26. This looks like a great activity! Thanks!

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  27. Thank you for sharing. Wonderful!!

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  29. Super cute cause and effect center!!! RGS has awesome products!

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  30. I shared on my FB fan page! :-) tigermagic@bellsouth.net

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  31. It looks FAB! Can't wait to enter :) Thanks for sharing your review :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

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  32. Awesome! following your blog!

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  33. I follow your blog.

    Jjn2home@yahoo.com

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  34. Looks perfect for small groups - I love your blog!
    kthrower@waynesboro.k12.va.us

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  35. This looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.
    hrplueard@hotmail.com

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  36. these look really cute and a way to grab the student

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  37. Love RGS and I need cause and effect practice!

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  38. Love it! Cause and Effect stumps even the higher grade kids, but this sounds as if it will start at the beginning and help them to understand. Thanks!

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  39. this looks fun! thanks for opp to win!! :-)
    monicaandrew25@hotmail.com

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  40. I'd love to win one. I could have really used the cause and effect last week!

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  41. I love RGS! No more classroom budget for me :( so I'd love to win this!

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  42. RGS is amazing! I'd love to win this!

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  43. I LOVE Really Good Stuff. I've never seen/noticed the cause and effect folder before, but I find it's a hard concept for my 2nd graders too. Thanks for sharing this cool product :)

    Lisa
    stories114.blogspot.com

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  44. I love RGS and your blog! These are great products. Thanks!!

    Erin Klein
    http://www.kleinspiration.com

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  45. Nice blog. Looks like a wonderful resource!

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  46. What a fun way to teach cause and effect, love the little folders.
    Suzanne

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  47. This looks like a great resource! I can't wait to research more about them! I love tour blog, as a second year teacher you are a life saver! Thanks!!

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  48. RGS has awesome materials! We have been working on cause/effect in my 2nd grade classroom, these look super!

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  49. I ♥ RGS and I am SO jealous that you got to do a sample and giveaway!! Now I have to figure out how to beg my lit coach to buy me all of the RGS pocket sorts!!!

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  50. This looks awesome! I love your blog! Visit me sometime at mrstolbert.blogspot.com!

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  51. The products are wonderful. Can't get enough of them!!!!

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  52. I love love love love your blog! And holy bajeebees do I love RGS! :)

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  53. This would be a great addition for my ELL's that often struggle with this concept!

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  54. This looks awesome!! Would love to win!!!
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  55. Your giveaway is pinned on Pinterest under my Giveaways board. Check it out here..http://pinterest.com/pin/168603579769627200/
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  56. Tweeted your giveaway too!
    https://twitter.com/#!/katieneu
    katie.neustadter@gmail.com

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  57. What a cute idea. Cause and effect is a hard concept for kiddos and these will be just perfect!

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  58. This is something that I have seen at RGS but never purchased it for my higher readers. Thanks so much! Just blogged about it at
    http://mrssmithsfirstgradeclass.blogspot.com
    and I also pinned it!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/85075880430712325/

    Thanks again!

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  59. This looks great. Always looking for a different way to teach cause and effecct.
    Barrow's Hodgepodge

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  60. Way Cool. Checking out some more RGS!!!

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  61. Would love to win this. I think it would help my students.

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  62. I would do cartwheels if I won this! My students might faint, but I'd do it anyway!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

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  63. Love this for cause and effect! Always looking for another to reinforce cause and effect. This would be a great one.

    Thinking Out Loud

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  64. Loooove RGS! Their catalog is my favorite summer reading :)

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  65. Love your stuff! Very helpful for a new second grade teacher :) Love the concept of these folders they are brilliant!

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  66. These look really fun!! Thanks for having the giveaway!

    Ali

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  67. These look really great! Thanks for sharing!

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  68. This looks like a great product. Cause and effect is so hard for the kids to understand so this is a product that primary teachers could really use.

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  69. We just finished a mini unit on cause and effect, and this looks like a great product to use for review and extra practice! Very cool!

    Andrea
    andrea.etz@gmail.com

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  70. I love anyway to get them up and moving!

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  71. Oh my gosh thanks to pinterst I'm now addicted to your blog. Its so great to find others so passionate about teaching and has the time to share! Love love love the pocketsorts!

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  72. Thanks for the review! It's always helpful to hear a teacher's reaction to a product before making a purchase. I'm looking forward to using the pocket sort with my class :)

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  73. Had to wait till I got home to enter, as our school blocks all kinds of things...including rafflecopter, apparently! Cute way to teach C & E!

    tokyoshoes (at) (homail (dot) com

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  74. I love your page and I love really good stuff. I have bought things from there for years.

    Suzyzoo

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