Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Taking a Closer Look

        Last week I mentioned some of the goodies that I had picked up from the dollar spot at Target.  I was going back and forth between whether or not I wanted to pick up a few pairs of clear lens glasses that were also there.  Thanks to the advice of EmilyK from 4321...Teach I decided to go and pick up a few pairs of glasses.  My hesitation resulted in only being able to pick up six pairs (maybe that's all I'll need).

        My plan for these glasses is for the students to use them while editing and revising their writing.  I want them to make sure that they are taking a closer look to find spelling, punctuation, etc... errors.  I also found this pin on Pinterest, which I love but is from a second grade classroom so I may need to make it a little more "grown up" for my fourth graders.

A 2nd Grade- Use your Writer's Glasses.  I still need to find space for this in my room.

        When I asked y'all's advice following my Editing & Revising post EmilyK commented that she read in Notebooking Know How, Aimee Buckner suggests the kids read their writing from last word to first word.  That way they are looking at each word, and the text isn't supposed to flow.  It would be cute to call these "Backwards Reading Glasses."  Love it-SOLD!

        . . . then I read Brandee's post, from Creating Lifelong Learners, this morning about another great way to use glasses.  Her post speaks about using reading glasses (with the glass removed) to encourage her students to read critically.  I love this too! You can read more about it HERE.

        So now I'm wondering if I can incorporate the glasses in both subject areas, reading and writing.  The point is the same, reading critically.  What do you think???

        P.S.-Brandee, from Creating Lifelong Learners, is also having a Back-to-School Target project giveaway.  Therefore, I definitely think you should head over to her blog, read about the reading critically glasses (and all of her other posts), and then don't forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom to enter her giveaway.  :)


  1. That is such a cute idea and it was so cool to see 4321Teach mentioned in your blog. Emily is full of great ideas. Amiee Buckner's books are amazing and she teaches 4th grade also.
    Looking forward to hearing how the glasses go! :)

    1. Hmmm...Aimee Buckner is a fourth grade teacher. How do I make her my new BFF???