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Friday, October 19, 2012

Help for Struggling Readers: Creating Your Own Color Overlays





You can create your own overlays by using whole sheets or cutting strips of transparent, colored report covers, dividers or overhead projector film. 

Step one: Buy a variety of colorful transparent sheets.  You can use -
  • color, transparency film
  • color, transparent report covers (plastic)
  • color, transparent dividers (plastic)


All of these options can be found at office supply stores.

Step two:  Everyone is different.  Let your students try out the different colors and see which one they like the best.
 
Step three:  For some students, keep whole sheets so that students have the option of changing the background color of the entire page of text.  Other students might like a thin strip of color, as it can help with tracking from one line to the next.  I make them a variety of lengths and widths, and often let students decide for themselves.  Note: The strips also make wonderful book marks. 

Step four (optional):  Place a plain sticker on the end of
the overlay strip or the bottom of a whole sheet so that 
students can write their name on it.  Students can also pick out a sticker of an image too.  Just make sure to keep all stickers on one end of the color overlay strip or the bottom of the overlay page.

Step five (optional): For those students that get overwhelmed by to many words on a page, you can place duct tape around the edge of the overlay to block out competing lines of text. 

At the end of the activity, even if a few of your students don’t find color overlays helpful, they will still have a useful book mark.  

For more great reading remediation ideas, check out my reading games!  You can even get a free sample game!!

http://goodsensorylearning.com/reading-games.html 

Enjoy!
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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