Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Focus Windows...and a Halloween freebie
Sight words for my kiddos are a novel thing. "You just read a word!" is the source of much joy for them (even though they have "just" matched the word on the page to the written word flashcard, or remembered which word they need to say when we point to the highlighted word)! I love it.
My students' needs are such that they can't focus on all that text at once. So, you know the drill I'm sure - we staff do the whole cover half the paper with another paper, make a window for the words with our hands, etc. Sliding around four separate pieces of paper to cover all but a few words, which is what most of my students need, is cumbersome and awkward. Not sure why I had never considered this before (and it's certainly not a new concept), but...
Laminate the whole thing, then cut out the window to either decrease glare and/or allow students to work in the space provided - I used an exacto knife and cutting board - and voila, you have your Focus Window! You could make these any size that works for you...an entire line of text, a small box to just show one math problem...anything! Instant differentiation without having to change the original printed version of a given activity. I can't wait to try these out!
Switching gears, I mentioned in my October Currently that my favorite fall book in the classroom is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. I also mentioned Melonheadz Illustrating's new Build a Scarecrow bundle. I couldn't resist creating a fun activity using this awesome clip art to go with this wonderful book!
This is a roll or spin a scarecrow activity...roll a dice or spin a spinner to add the scarecrow's body parts! I have both a large version (pictured above) that fits on a poster, or a small/individual version which fits on a standard piece of paper. Also, each dice or spinner page is in your choice of image/color or text/black and white. For our group center activity, I made the above version by laminating the pieces and velcroing to the poster. We will do this in math centers the week of Halloween. You can grab the activity for free here: