Off with the lights, on with sight word review! One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Michelle at Southern Bluffs Elementary, uses the Basic Vision activity to boost her students' sight word knowledge and vision skills. When she turns the light on, she reads the word on the page and when the light goes off, the students repeat the word.
This may seem like a reading task, but Michelle knows by pairing it with Basic Vision, she is helping to develop her students’ vision systems too. When she turns the light on, the lens in the eye bends and when she turns the light off, the lens relaxes. This S.M.A.R.T. Activity builds flexibility and endurance of the focusing system, critical for reading up close AND shifting focus from the board to the desk repeatedly.
Michelle is also One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher because she wrote her 100 sight words in sets of 25 on different colored paper so she can easily keep track of how many cycles she’s done. On Monday she reads the 25 words on the blue paper, on Tuesday she reads the 25 words on the green paper, on Wednesday she reads the 25 words on the yellow paper, on Thursday she reads the 25 words on the white paper, and on Friday she lets the students pick which words to read.