Laser Lights and Idioms at School - Sparking Student Motivation!!

I am linking up with my friend Joanne, at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her weekly party...

I am sharing ideas you may have already seen on her blog (where I still most of my ideas from of course) but I thought I would share them again just in case you missed them.

First up, finger laser lights (you can read Joanne's post here). I bought these at my local dollar store.

I gave each student a laser light, let them test it and then just wear it on their finger. I read a non-fiction story and then students were invited to share what they had noticed in each section - we are working on close reading skills - so we are looking for wow information, connections and asking questions. Students were asked to come up and to the shared reading poster and shine their light on the part that made them think. Hands were shooting up all over the place - every one wanted a chance to shine their light!!

Then students read their own passage with their laser lights - silence I tell you, on a Friday afternoon!! They were so excited that they get to keep them as we will continue to use them to highlight/shine the light on our reading.

The second idea I stole from Joanne was Bring an Idiom to School (you can read her post here). While we were learning about figurative language my students fell in love with idioms. You can read this post to see some of the video resources we used. I also used this package from Jivey, which my student love!! They loved the video, the loved the idiom cards (which we matched and used for I have, who has) but their favourite thing to do was bring an idiom to school. I gave it as a homework assignment and set a date to bring in their idiom and they did. Then they asked can we bring more in, Then they said, oooh I have another one, can I bring it in. Then they would just announce as they walked in the class "I brought another idiom!". It went on for 8 DAYS!! Here are a couple of pictures of their idioms.

Please note - the student in the 1st and 2nd picture is the same girl on different days - I think she brought in idioms for 4 days straight! Pictured above, eyes on the back of her head, dog eat dog world and keep your eye on the prize.

If you are motivated to teach figurative language you really should check out this package from Educents. It contains Jivey's amazing Idiom package and my poetry posters. Plus you can use the code Anniversary20 for an additional 20% discount!! Now that is motivating!!

FYI - today was our last day of soccer!! No more Saturday soccer games for this family!! Woohoo!


  1. The laser lights look like so much fun! My class loved the idioms too. I was surprised by how many of them did not know the real meaning. I will have to start them earlier next year and spiral them through our learning.
    Have a great weekend! I'm off to soccer soon. It's never done for us!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  2. Thanks for sharing the Bring an Idiom idea again, because I must have missed it before. I love that idea..definitely going to do it with my class!

    Ladybugs Lounge

  3. Isn't Joanne amazing? That's one of the things that I love the most about blogging -- getting great ideas from each other! Thank you for all the ideas you have shared with me to help make my life easier. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  4. Awesome ideas, and I am loving how your kids used the laser lights as well as bringing in idioms! I'm for sure going to have my kids do that next year when we talk about that. :)
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. This reminds me I need to get some of these laser lights.....and I was at Dollar Tree today. I love your kids idioms. I'm definitely showing them this tomorrow. They guessed almost all of Joanne's when I shared hers. I only got one of yours. I'm sure they'll beat me. Lol! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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