Tuesday, July 03, 2012

'Reading' the Room

This summer I have a list of ideas I'd like to incorporate more into my teaching next year. One of them is 'Reading' the Room.

I have had students do this activity in the past, and they loved it. How fun to wander around the classroom, discovering letters and words and even punctuation that they recognize. And, to make it extra special, they get to use pointers...different ones every month.


sparkly magic wands~ perfect for learning Nursery Rhymes
{like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star}


scarecrows ~ Awesome Autumn theme


hands ~ My 5 Senses theme...perfect to "touch" the words


Christmas-y pens & pencils ~ students can use them as pointers as they Read the Room AND can use them to Write the Room too


snowmen ~ Wonderful Winter theme


heart pointers & sunglasses ~ Valentine's Day themed


Easter/Spring chicks


Spring flowers


bugs ~ for June's theme of Bugs, Insects, & Creepy Crawlies

My quest for the perfect holder:

I looked everywhere and have tried several different containers to hold my Read the Room pointers.
This one from the Dollar Store is just perfect!

All of my pointers can be found at the Dollar Store or
craft-type stores.

You could also make your own!

One that I made in the past was very simple~ I used a dowel and added feathers to the end of it 
for students to "tickle" the words.


Lisa R. said...

That's a great idea! I love your monthly read the room pointers!! :) So cute!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Very cute!!


Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class
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Jennifer K. said...

Oh my goodness! I love that you have themed pointers for each month! I have a large pot at the front of my room to hold all my various pointers, but I never thought of changing them out each month. Brilliant!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Jennifer Tilton said...

So cute-I know your students love them!

mrsjanellebush said...

Love your pointers. They are adorable! I am now your newest follower. Please follow my blog too. I would like to share ideas with you.
Mrs. Janelle


Cindy Foreman said...

Hi! I am one of your newest followers and I have nominated you for an award! Head on over to my blog to get your award and while you’re there please feel free to follow me too! I look forward to sharing ideas with you in the future! Have a great summer!
Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

Our students LOVE read the room and we love your "thematic pointers"! We give our kiddos fun lil sunglasses to wear as they're reading! Thanks for sharing!
~Christy & Tammy

Lisa said...

I love your pointers! My kiddos love using them too, but you have given me more ideas! Thanks!

~ Lisa
Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

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