Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flashlight Friday FUN!

One of my students’ favorite things ever is Flashlight Friday!  I use my own version of the Daily 5 in my classroom and Read to Self is a big part of that.  During the week, students read with their book boxes somewhere in the room. They can choose on the floor or at a seat. They can sit or lay.  Read to Self helps them build reading stamina.  On Fridays, everyone gets a flash light, finds a cozy spot to read, and we turn off the lights.  We read for 15-30 minutes. It such an easy and exciting task that really motivates kids to be more disciplined during the week at Read to Self. I have asked parents to donate flash lights and batteries in the past or I would just purchase them myself. Seriously, you could hear a pin drop during this time. 

This was not my original idea.  I saw one of my teaching partners, Paula, doing this a few years ago and LOVED it.  I went out and bought small flash lights from the Dollar Tree and we were in business. Now, a good teacher would have taken pictures of this before going on Spring Break, but this teacher FORGOT!. Gasp! I know. I grabbed this cute little pic of flashlight reading online. 
You can click the picture to see the original source. J

So, again it’s not rocket science. Just a simple, bright idea that I learned from another teacher and wanted to share with you!! I love rewarding my kids with READING!!

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  1. LOVE this...what a simple idea!! Thanks so much for sharing...I can't wait to try this!

  2. Students LOVE Flashlight Fridays!! We have some teachers who do this too. I have been thinking of incorporating it into my Title 1 room too. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. I love the idea of Flashlight Friday!

    Terri Izatt

  4. Ooh, I love this! Can't wait to reward my RTI kids with flashlight reading!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. Love this idea! Your picture reminded me to pull out the phonics phones too! Thanks for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties

  6. That sounds so fun. I would've loved that as a kid - I'm sure your kids look forward to it all week!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  7. omg! So easy, and love!!! Now I just need to collect a bunch of flash lights!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  8. Super simple!!! Totally going to use this as a little motivation!! :) Thanks for sharing!!
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

  9. We love using flashlights!!! I like your idea of "Flashlight Friday." We also use tea lights and do a "read by candlelight". My kiddos love that too!!
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

  10. Oh, I LOVE this idea... and my 5 year old will too! Especially since my husband just bought her a fort/tent thingee last weekend!
    Great idea...thanks for sharing!


    Teaching Munchkins