Eyes, eyes, everywhere

So, if you remember my post from the other day about our reading superpowers, one of the things we are really focusing in on is pointing under our words. This is super important for our little friends to do since it helps them attend to the print. It's so easy to skim happily along with a nice, predictable book, singing,
I can see the big hen.
I can see the big cow.
I can see the big pig.
I can see the big mouse OOPS!  Wait... its a little tiny mouse. Huh? 

If we are pointing under our words, we notice when the text changes.
I can see the l-i-t-little(!) mouse. Yipee!

So, all can be right and good... if we just make it a habit to point under our words. 

Problem? 

Remembering. My reading groups have been in la-la land lately when we are taking turns reading the pages in a story and its not their turn. There is so much action going on, its hard not to check out the goings on of the other centers around the room, right?


Enter the wiggly-magic-eye-pointers.





We ALL want to use our wiggly-eye-wands. So we ALL are looking at the words, not only during our turn, but our friends' turns too! Yay!



 These seem to be working fabulously. (So fabulously, one even made their way into one of my little friend's pockets this afternoon.... maybe I shall be making some to send home with their reading group books? :)

Have a great long weekend everyone!

*Side note* Teachers-- if you want to make these for your classroom, make sure you use a glue gun to glue the wiggly eyes on the popsicle stick. My first attempt I used white elmer's glue and they all popped right off.  Round 2 I used a glue gun and those suckers are staying put! :)*

12 comments

  1. What a fabulous idea! I am going to have to try these when we get started reading. You're right, there are so many exciting centers going, sometimes it is hard to stay focused! :)

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1

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  2. This would be great to keep my little readers on task. Thanks for the great idea!

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  3. Glad you like these ladies! Just a note though-- when you glue them on, use a glue gun. I used elmers white glue the first time and they fell off.

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  4. If it works, then I say send a set home....I love this idea!! We are starting our reading books next week, I might just have to make some up. My kids love the different pointers I have to read the room with and do calendar. Thank you for the great idea!
    Liz

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  5. LOVE the wiggly eye wands!! I think I am going to add these to my reading groups and reading centers! I am your newest follower! :)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

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  6. Your welcome ladies! I hope your kids love them too. Elizabeth, it was funny because I was torn between the "You shouldn't take things that don't belong to you conversation" and the "YAY! I am so glad you are excited about reading conversation!" haha

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  7. I really love this idea! I just posted on pinterest and I bet this will be a great find for a lot of teachers! Nice :)

    Alyssha
    Teaching and Tapas: 2nd Grade in Spain

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  8. Thanks dear! I appreciate you pinning it for me :)

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  9. Clever! I'll pin it now. I'm following your blog. The students do need eyes for when the text changes near the end of many emergent readers. Fun idea!

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  10. Just found your blog and am now your newest follower. I use these google eyed sticks as well in my guided reading groups. I have also found that curly straws and light beam pointers word wonders as well.

    Erin
    www.missandersonkinder.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi- your follow by email- does not work. :)
    Thanks
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  12. I am TOTALLY doing this!!!! We just made scarecrows and owls and they LOVE those eyes...so I know it will make a difference in the way they pay attention during reading. Thank you!

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