'Reading' the Room Using Pointers

This summer I have a list of ideas I'd like to incorporate more into my teaching next year. One of them is 'Reading' the Room.
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.

Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
I have had students do this activity in the past, and they loved it. How fun to wander around the classroom, discovering letters and words and even punctuation that they recognize. And, to make it extra special, they get to use pointers...different ones every month.

September
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
sparkly magic wands~ perfect for learning Nursery Rhymes
{like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star}

October
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
scarecrows ~ Awesome Autumn theme

November
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
hands ~ My 5 Senses theme...perfect to "touch" the words

December
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
Christmas-y pens & pencils ~ students can use them as pointers as they Read the Room AND can use them to Write the Room too

January
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
snowmen ~ Wonderful Winter theme

February
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
heart pointers & sunglasses ~ Valentine's Day themed
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.

March/April
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
Easter/Spring chicks

May
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
Spring flowers

June
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
bugs ~ for June's theme of Bugs, Insects, & Creepy Crawlies

My quest for the perfect holder:
Using thematic pointers to Read the Room in Kindergarten- this activity promotes active learning as they go around the classroom reading.
I looked everywhere and have tried several different containers to hold my Read the Room pointers.
This one from the Dollar Store is just perfect!

All of my pointers can be found at the Dollar Store or
craft-type stores. You could also make your own!

One that I made in the past was very simple~ I used a dowel and added feathers to the end of it for students to "tickle" the words.

8 comments

  1. That's a great idea! I love your monthly read the room pointers!! :) So cute!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. Very cute!!

    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

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  3. Oh my goodness! I love that you have themed pointers for each month! I have a large pot at the front of my room to hold all my various pointers, but I never thought of changing them out each month. Brilliant!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  4. So cute-I know your students love them!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  5. Love your pointers. They are adorable! I am now your newest follower. Please follow my blog too. I would like to share ideas with you.
    Mrs. Janelle

    http://mrsjanelleskindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hi! I am one of your newest followers and I have nominated you for an award! Head on over to my blog to get your award and while you’re there please feel free to follow me too! I look forward to sharing ideas with you in the future! Have a great summer!
    Cindy
    Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

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  7. Our students LOVE read the room and we love your "thematic pointers"! We give our kiddos fun lil sunglasses to wear as they're reading! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Christy & Tammy

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  8. I love your pointers! My kiddos love using them too, but you have given me more ideas! Thanks!
    :)

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

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