Read the Room Thoughts and a Freebie

There is so much to learn in blogland! I THINK I have uploaded my first freebie TPT. You'll be able to tell in just a minute. 

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My kiddos LOVE Read the Room! 
For a long time, I had students search the entire classroom for words containing weekly blends, chunks, etc. They could look on the walls, in books, wherever. What I found was that some of my sweeties became very distracted and ended up wandering (or worse) instead. Skip ahead a few years...

What works for me: Allowing students to search the room for specific word cards containing the skill we are covering at the time. When my kiddos are focused on looking for these cards, all the other distractions seem to disappear.  They truly want to be the first one to find them all. Talk about competition! We love them! They work for us! I hope you like them, too! 

Please give me some feedback. I would love to know what you think.  Don't you love those hearts? From the Pond-Love her!


  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing what works and what doesn't in a practical setting. Sometimes college classes can be a little too far-fetched and out of touch.


  2. My kids love read the room too!! Isn't it so much fun? :D


  3. Cards look great! Thanks for sharing what didn't work and how you made it work. That is the information I am looking for.

    I am your newest follower. I really love the look of your blog.

    Thinking Out Loud

  4. I love the read the room activity!
    I am following.
    tunstall's teaching tidbits

  5. I found your blog through Color Me Kinder! I'm your newest follower. Thank you for sharing.

    First Grade Delight

  6. Hi Laura ~

    I love your blog too! I'm been gone too long from my blog due to knee surgery! But I'll back with tons of freebies! Glad to have you as a follower! Thanks for your email.


  7. I am officially following your blog...thanks for stopping by mine.
    I know what you mean about the word distractions. For me, it had really depended on the class dynamics as a whole. Some years I had a little bit more of a mature group than others. I look back for the picture soon (-:

    The 3AM Teacher

  8. Cute! I love anything that gets them up and moving. I'm your newest follower!

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  9. Hi Laura,

    I just discovered your blog. It's so cute and informative! So now I'm your newest follower. Best wishes!

    First Impressions

  10. I just found your blog by chance. I am doing the "What I Love" linky party and saw your comment about wanting to participate. Just go to her site...she has a blank template. Click on it, and copy it from there. Then just fill it in. If you'd rather, you could just blog about it, answering each one just straight into your blog post. BTW, I'm your newest follower. Come by when you get a chance!

    The Teacher's Chatterbox

  11. Just found your site! I am officially following your blog...too cute.

    The 3AM Teacher

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