I was shopping in the teacher store one day, and saw something like this little doodad. I knew it was something I could make, and so I tried it out early last year when I was teaching our oldest little man to read. At the time, I wanted something to help him transition to focusing on lines instead of individual words. Since then, we have also used this to highlight vocabulary words and do other word studies. They are super simple and inexpensive to make!
To make this, you will need:
- A paper cutter
- Transparency sheet (or other thin plastic sturdy piece, such as a plastic to-go container)
- Yellow (or other light color) permanent marker
- Sturdy paperboard or cardstock
- Tape (not shown)
Once you’ve gathered the materials, away we go:
First, cut your paperboard to the desired dimensions. Mine is 6″x2.”
Then, cut a window. I made one that is 1/2″x5.” I did this by placing the paper cutter blade down 3/4″ down from the top and 1/2″ in from the side. (At this point, I taped the paperboard to the cutter to keep it from sliding.) I then cut the 5″ length. I repeated this by turning the rectangle upside down and making the same cut. Finally, I cut the small, half inch length on each end to remove the “window.”
Okay, this is the super easy part. Color a section of plastic (slightly bigger than your window) with the permanent marker. Finally, tape it to the “back” of your paperboard. And, voila! A reading highlighter for your favorite new(er) reader!