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What are your Favorite Small Group Reading Tools?
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I'm about to put in my purchase order for reading next year. I figured I'd get great ideas from the great educators on here before putting in a final order. Anyone have any items they love to use with their kids for small group instruction?


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has great books. They include companion fiction and nonfiction text. I love mine.
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I have these foam magnetic letters (the small ones)

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo...ls/viewall.jsp

Whiteboards and markers are great for practicing words.

A notebook or composition book for each student to write in.
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I like my teacher size whiteboard easel (it stands up on my reading table)

Mini-etchy sketches for the kids to do wordwork. Easier to use than whiteboards.

Not anything to buy on a purchase order but something I have learned over the years:
I keep a box of kleenex, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a small trash can by my reading table so that there are no excuses to get up and blow noses or sneezing to interupt our reading group time.
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My students and I enjoy using wikki-stix and highlighter tape to find words, chunks, etc. in our reading. Plastic book boxes for each student to keep familiar reading in would also be convenient.


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Really good stuff has a reading catalog:
http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/categ...ryname=Reading

I think magnetic letters are great. I make a mat with an alpha arch at the top and we pull down letters to make words, manipulate words etc.
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Thanks for all of the responses. I love your ideas--some of them I use (probably because you've posted about them) and some of them were new (I hardly ever use highlighter tape!). You guys are the best!

(It's funny--Lakeshore has NO word sorting resources and ReallyGoodStuff has A TON. Different philosophies I guess?)
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I use my whisper phones everyday in my reading group. The kids LOVE them.
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I have "witch/monster" plastic fingers that are great for students who need help with tracking! I bought mine at US Toys (I'm pretty sure they are online). I use them mostly at the beginnin g of the year to help students w/ one-to-one word correspondence.
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What are whisper phones???


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Old 02-15-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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whisper phones are PVC pipes the kids use to whisper read to themselves. I've never used them, but a lot of teachers like them, and I think they're cheap!
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I know they have these in Really Good Stuff. The kids use them when reading. It highlights the line they are on. It helps them stay focused.
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I inheirited these from another teacher - her husband made them out of pvc pipe and elbow joints that he got at home depot. The kids do love them!
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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I "made" whisper phones for my class by just buying a j-bend pvc pipe for each student. They were about $1.89 each at Lowe's.
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