Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Finger Flashlights!!

Whoop Whoop it's Saturday!
Check these out! These are FINGER FLASHLIGHTS!
Each little flashlight has a rubber strap that fits around your finger to hold in place. I don't think they're really supposed to be used for reading, but you know me, I make everything "fit" in my classroom!
I changed Flashlight Friday (read about that here) up a little this week and we used the finger flashlights instead...they LOVED it! These two girls read a book together (even though it's silent reading, they were able to track if the other was finished with their flashlight). Pretty clever right?
Independent Reading is the highlight of our day EVERYDAY, but especially on Fridays with these treats!

 Guess what??!! I don't only use them for Flashlight Friday! I use them in my guided reading groups too! It just adds a little more fun and gets them excited to be called to my table.

Great for tracking~finding text evidence~cause & effect~character traits~vocabulary!
Endless possibilities and perfect for all ages!
"Shine your light on the text evidence that shows the main character feels unwanted."
You know how fast those lights shine on the page??!!
It's just way more fun to find answers with flashlights!
I've picked up a few here and there to build my collection. I started out with two sets and just using them for my reading groups when I taught reading intervention a few years ago. I wanted to get them motivated about having to go to additional reading time twice a week. I've seen them before at Hobby Lobby and on the end caps of grocery stores aisles. If you've seen these somewhere recently, please leave a comment. :) 
Get those Lazer Fingers ready for reading!
Have a super week!

I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. These are so much fun! I have used them before in guided reading groups to "put the spotlight on" important words, evidence, etc. I love the idea of using them during reading time! Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  2. All of my kids would LOVE these... Can't wait to find some! Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  3. Woohoo, I have these sitting under my desk ready to use - no trip to the store for me : )
    I was going to use them for some precision writing but I may just have to break them out for reading too. My class still loves Flashlight Friday - thanks for the great ideas friend!!

  4. I have never ever in my life seen these, but now I feel like I need to go to Hobby Lobby to hunt them down. They are super cool and I bet the kids enjoyed the switch up for Flashlight Friday. Maybe I can look on Amazon to see if they have them somewhere! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. Headed out today to find them! We did Flashlight Friday yesterday and my kiddos loved it! I'll be linking up later today!

    Swinging for Success
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  6. That is so fun!! I bet my kids would love it too!!!
    ideas by jivey

  7. You always have the best motivators; I love checking on your ideas! Thanks so much for hosting this linky, Joanne. :)

    Question - how long is your reading period? How much independent reading time do you carve out everyday? Still struggling to fit it all it! ;)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  8. Such a great idea! We'd have to have a few minutes of play time first to keep them on task during reading...but I'd love to try this. I'll be on the lookout for these flashlights.


  9. I love this! I will be asking my hubby to scope out Hobby Lobby since that's the company he works for! I've never seen them!

  10. I love how you use these lazer fingers with your reading groups to find text based evidence! Brilliant!! Thanks for another awesome motivating idea! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  11. I just found these at Amazon!! Can't wait to give these a try! I know my kiddos will go crazy for these. Thanks for the great idea, Joanne!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  12. These look like lots of fun and I would try them if my boys didn't have to be so "cool". Also, as an aside, I like how you label your pictures with your blog name! I always learn something new from you - thank you!

  13. Those flashlights are adorable! I bet those would seriously engage my kids, too. Makes something as simple as reading seem new and fresh. LOVE it!

    Caffeine and Lesson Plans


  15. They sell these at our Dollar Tree. Four pack for a buck, can't beat that!

  16. 80 finger lights available on eBay.

  17. You can get 48 for under $8 right now on Amazon (shipping included if you have prime)

  18. I found them at Dollar Tree near Halloween time. I'm not sure if they carry them year-round.

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