It’s raining sight words in my room! Okay, not really…But I do have some sight words on umbrella shapes in my room for April. I have them taped right beside my door. They are like exit slips- when a student leaves my room, they must read the words on the umbrellas.
My teacher’s aide brought in a bunch of wallpaper sample books. Normally, I don’t like to have lots of extra stuff brought in because it is hard to store extra things.
But these sample books are like a goldmine!! There are some beautiful patterns in there. I like to dress up the students’ work that I display and these will work great. Plus, there are many, many other ways to use these pretty papers!
I cut out the umbrellas for April showers. And changing the shape each month keeps the interest of the students. When they walk out the door, they read the words.
You could use this idea in many different ways. You could put up math problems, letters for kindergarten, content words that students must give the definition for , etc… Almost endless ways!
When I was in the classroom, I always had a helper of the day. They were the one that the person leaving the room would go to and whisper the word to. That way I could continue helping students without being interrupted and that helper of the day got really good at whatever words that were up for their day. It also made them feel important that they were the go to person before anyone left the room. If I had time, we would read the words even if the whole class was leaving the room. They would just read one word down the list rather than all the words. Or your helper of the day could stay and listen as students read the words on their way out and then get in the back of the line.
It really is a great way to get in extra practice on whatever students need quick drills at and a fun and colorful way to do it! If you have any other ways I could use the wallpaper besides for patterns for backing the sight words and displaying student work, I would love to hear them!!