Thursday, September 6, 2012
Here is how I introduced the Spacers:
1. I chose one student's name and use magnets to demonstrate that letters are only letters, until they are 'pushed' together to create a meaningful word.
2. Then I would create a simple sentence with the student's name: I see Johhny. While I am writing the sentence, I use Mr. Spaceman (my giant spacer - made from a paint stir stick - FREE), to separate the words.
3. We count the words in the sentence (there's 3) and read the sentence with Mr. Spaceman pointing to each word.
4. I would then rewrite the sentence, but this time, I smushed all the letters together: IseeJohnny. We compare which sentence is easier to read and the students would come up with the reasons (i.e. the words are too close, can't tell where a word begins, hard to read etc). Sometimes, I would purposely put two students' names together and someone would always raise their hand and state that "That's not how I write their name." Then Mr. Spaceman comes to the rescue!