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    Reading and Writing around the room
    By Sharon D. W-L

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    This year I bought two hand shaped back scratchers from a dollar store to use as pointers. One bright orange and one bright yellow. I hung these on the wall next to the word wall which is low enough this year for my students to reach. I was just starting to introduce the use of these by having the children review the word wall words using the pointers. I kept an evelope on the wall with flashcards of the words we covered. Once or twice a week I'd call up each student to find three words that I choose randomly using the flashcards. If they couldn't find it after a few seconds I'd show them the word on the flashcard and then have them read the card and then look for the "same" word. After Christmas I had planned to allow this to be a station (centre) on its own. The children could partner up and divided the flashcards. Taking turns to find the words using the pointers.

    For writing around the room I had 6 clipboards with several sheets of foolscap cut in half. During this station (15-20 minutes) the students walk around the room and print any words they want. I never mark this but sometimes I have date stamped it and placed it in portfolios to show growth in printing and increased writing.

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