Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Best Guided Reading Group Tip Ever- Finger Lights!

My mother-in-law bought the cutest little lights last year for my hubby's cousin's children.  They were red, blue, green, and white and had little elastic bands on them so you could put them on your fingers and flash them around.  

The kids loved them so I thought my first grade kiddos might enjoy them too.  

I headed out to the dollar store and bought 2 packages of 4 for $2.  I took them to school a couple months ago and they were such a hit.  I have a disco ball hanging up in the center of my classroom for my Rock 'n Roll theme and the little lights reflect off it really well around my room.  My kiddos thought that was the coolest thing ever that day.

Well, we have been getting out those little lights every once and awhile when I had a reason to.  After reading The Teacher Wife's blog post a couple days ago I saw how we should be using them!

This is how we used them today:  

Here's a close up at what the lights look like.  

Oh. my. goodness. 

I don't think guided reading groups will ever be the same.  I actually had to force my kiddos to leave the table today.  

...Can't we just read one more book?!
...Can we use these again tomorrow?  
...Can I take this home with me?   

Since my lights have elastic they were kinda snug on some of my kiddos' fingers so I told them to take them off and just hold it.  It didn't really matter as long as they could use them to point and follow along as they read.    

I can't wait to let the rest of my kiddos use them tomorrow.  My class was trying so hard to keep busy during Daily Five, but most of them kept peeking to see what the group at the table was doing with those cool lights.  

Thank you so much for sharing this great idea, Lindsey!  She also mentions who she heard this idea from on her blog so go check out their posts too!  :)

I have 8 cute little lights, but one is already out so I'm headed back to the dollar store.  I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that they still have these!! 

Do you have any other ideas for these lights?  I'd love to hear more ideas!! 


Unknown said...

I MUST get these! Thanks for sharing!

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Lisa Mattes said...

Sooo fun! And, I'm wondering if it would help less fluent readers track more quickly, too. Maybe the adult could move the light along at a slightly faster pace than the reader nudging the reader to the next word more quickly. GREAT idea!! Thank you!

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vicky1970 said...

Hi Rachel,
I came across these last week...so cool. I wonder if they are making extra some cash this week. We have all been on the same wave length I guess. :o)
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Tammy said...

What a great idea. I can just imagine how popular they were.
❀ Tammy
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Miss DeCarbo said...

Those are awesome!! What dollar store did you find them at?! Dollar Tree? Deals? Please share :). Can't wait to try this out!

sillymonkeys said...

Check out this site. I just bought these last week and my kiddos are so excited! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0018LAGZY/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1364948774&sr=8-1&pi=SL75
They are the same item but you get 40 for $5.00!

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