Now, where did I see these? Please post a comment and I'll edit with a link to your post about these! I love, love, love this idea. It's going to be the springboard for my Word Work station this year. I am sooo very excited! Thank you, thank you...now would you please stand up and take a bow so I can recognize and applaud you? ;)
These are my Word Detective kits. I am thrilled! I found some hard plastic envelopes just the right size. Hopefully they will be durable enough for my second graders to use them all year. I went to Party City to get the 12-favor pack of magnifying glasses. The Cadoozles were $5.00 a pack at Staple's, with a $5.00 rebate on one. My mom bought me the second pack and I found a 5 pack of the same type pencils at the Dollar General so I bought 10 extras. I will have extras in case of new students throughout the year. I won't pass them out until the second Monday of school, though. That was suggested by my Teamie, Leah. She said give them time to get acclimated without thinking I'm Santa Clause! ;) (See previous posts about Welcome packet and kiss! I think what I'll do is check my students on the National Reading Vocabulary (wonderful assessment instrument which also provides the words for parents to work with students for mastery) and give them their "Word Detective" kit when they finish the assessment. I plan to make it a "badge of honor." You made it through the vocab assessment, now you are a "Word Detective!" Thoughts? How does that sound?