As part of our “Read The Sentence” predictable chart writing lesson (you can find the 5 plan here), we have been using tap-lights and a Boardmaker activity to increase student engagement. The tap-lights can be purchased on Amazon, hardware stores, CVS, etc. and you can lay out one tap light for each word (the words can be on or above the light). During the lesson, the student says each word and turns on the corresponding light. Our tap-lights decided to give us a little trouble so I made a back-up Boardmaker activity (download here).
The title page introduces the activities and allows students to turn a light on to practice.
The first page has the sentence with the final word blank. Each box will turn yellow and the text will turn black when it is selected. When the board is in “use” mode you can type in the message display bar and when the box surrounding it is selected it will light up.
Selecting the “read” button at the bottom of the first page will direct you to a second option which reads each word aloud as the student selects the word on the screen.
Editing Button Color:You can change the color the box turns when selected by double clicking the box. Double click the first action (Set Button Properties) and you will see an option to “Change button color”. Select the color you want and click “OK” twice.
Editing Text Color: You can change the color the box turns when selected by double clicking the box. Double click the second action (Set Button Properties) and you will see an option to “Change text color”. Select the color you want and click “OK” twice.
Editing Text:You can change the text in each box by selecting the text tool in the top toolbar and selecting the text. Simply highlight the current text and type the text you want in its place. The page that reads aloud will automatically read the new text you typed.
Editing Box Size:You can adjust the box and text size as much as you want. The box will still change color and read whatever text you have in it.
Creating additional boxes: You can create additional boxes by selecting the box and copying (Ctrl C) it. Paste (Ctrl V) the new box anywhere on the screen and rearrange and resize the boxes to fit the display size.
Scanning: Although this activity is set-up to scan, the computer I tested it on was not following the pattern I had set using the “scan next” tool. I was having some difficulty getting the highlight to go to the next word rather than back to the beginning after a selection (please let me know if this works when you download it).
Click here to download the activity.
I hope you are able to use this as part of your literacy lessons. Let us know how it works in your classroom.