Extra, Extra! Sight Word String-Ups!



These are Sight Word String-Ups!  I use these quite a bit in my classroom, and my kids always enjoy using them.  I'm posting this "mini-blog" early in the week because these plastic pencil boxes that I use to make these Sight Word String-Ups are on sale this week at Office Depot for just one penny each (at least in my area, anyway!  You'll have to check with your local store, of course, if you want to make some.  You may also want to call and find out if they still have any left in stock, because at least where I live, they run out of this item every year when they put them on sale for a penny.  The teachers all snap them up right away!  Our local Office Depot allows teachers to buy up to 30 items each if you have one of their teacher cards.  However, I understand that not every store follows this policy, so check with your local store before investing time or money in the project, for sure.

The "REAL" Sight Words String Ups Set


I refer to these Sight Word String-Ups often in my presentations because it is a favorite activity of mine!  Recently, I received an email from someone that was a participant in one of my sessions last year and was looking for a blog post on them, and it was then that I realized that I had never written one!  (Duh!)  So here it is: Sight Word String-Ups are actually a kit that is sold on Amazon.  It comes with four trays, a bag of letter beads, some pipe cleaners, and a bunch of flashcards.   I gave up on using their trays a long time ago, because four trays is not enough for my small groups, so I just use the beads and pipe cleaners.  I also use my own flashcards, because that way we only wind up working on the words I consider to be the most important. If you decide to purchase only the letter beads as I did, here is a link to them on Amazon, though I got mine from ReallyGoodStuff.com as well.   Unfortunately, Really Good Stuff has now discontinued this item.  I got the foam self-adhesive on letters on the boxes from Discount School Supply.



All I did was put the letters for each word in a pencil box, along with a pipe cleaner purchased from Michael's.  (One year, I also put in Unifix cubes with letters on them as you see in the picture, but it proved to be somewhat confusing so I took those out.)   Then I put the foam letters for each word on the top of the box.  I ran out of a couple of the vowels and had to make a couple of  e's out of c's, and so on, after I hit box number thirty or so.  So you might want to buy more than one bag of letters if that bothers you.  After I had decided to make 50 boxes of them (since my district increased the number of words required,) and I did go back and reorder some.  I also made a few boxes with the children's names on them for some struggling students that had a terrible time learning the alphabet, because I decided it would help them learn the letters in their names to start with.



But in this case, I just taped a paper with their name on it rather than putting the foam stickers on the pencil box since it would be only temporarily used.  Of course, THEN I had to order an entire bag of upper case letters just so that we could practice stringing our names- and that was a whole bag of letters of them I had to buy when I only a few!  Go ahead- say it:  Been there, done that!  (The foam stickers do leave a lot of bumpy residue if you try to remove them, so it is best to think of these letters as permanent once you decide to place them on the box.



Have fun with them if you decide to make some!

-Heidi


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Comments

Unknown said…
Thanks for reminding me of this. It's a lot better than just giving them a huge box of letter and a stack of cards! You are the best!!
tadamson said…
I made the boxes last year after seeing the idea posted - I couldn't get the pencil boxes, so I bought soap boxes at Walmart and doubled up the words. It's a little more challenging than having one/box, but I like it a challenge! The only problem is that they never quite seem to get the right letters back in the right box, even though the word is on the box. Humph. They do like it though, and it's a great fine motor activity, too!
Anonymous said…
Heidi - Try GooGone to remove the residue or Lemon Essential Oil. I use it a lot and it smells great.
Laura said…
Thanks for the pleasant surprise this morning! Picked up 15 of these boxes this weekend! Laura
Erin said…
This is FANTASTIC. I love it: inexpensive, engaging, attractive, easy, worthwhile... As my dreamboat Captain Picard would say, "Make it so!"
Erin said…
This is FANTASTIC. I love it: inexpensive, engaging, attractive, easy, worthwhile... As my dreamboat Captain Picard would say, "Make it so!"
Unknown said…
I just love this idea. It really helps my special needs students be more independent. I like the idea of adding the unifix cubes. I might add letter tiles after a while to continue having them practice. One question... how do you store these? Do you have them all in one big container or are they on a shelf?
Unknown said…
What about a label instead of the foam letters (or do you use the foam for the raised texture to help them trace and get the feel of the word?) Like the one word per box - I would need 76! But at a penny a piece, I can swing that! (If they will let me... May have to bring my husband and kids!) Thanks for the tip! :)
Unknown said…
What about a label instead of the foam letters (or do you use the foam for the raised texture to help them trace and get the feel of the word?) Like the one word per box - I would need 76! But at a penny a piece, I can swing that! (If they will let me... May have to bring my husband and kids!) Thanks for the tip! :)
HeidiSongs said…
To Crayons and Curls:
Yes, I considered just using labels, but I was looking for the texture and the raised letters. I'm sure it would be good either way, though!
Heidi
HeidiSongs said…
To Tnswthart:
I store mine in boxes in my closet, but that's because that is what works for me. I'm sure that they could be stored any way you like....
:)
Heidi
mangwin said…
Thanks Heidi for the idea. I picked up 30 pencil boxes today thinking I would come up with something to do with them. (They were only 1 cent a piece!)Now I know what I am going to do with them. I ordered the letter beads and foam letters and now I am just waiting for them to get here to start creating!

You are awesome!
beth said…
I got me pencil boxes this week!!! Had to make some guy search the whole store to find the ones that had not been unpacked yet!!! So happy to get this idea from you. I just need to order the letter beads and stickers..thanks again for this awesome idea!
Anonymous said…
I just bought my boxes yesterday. Offfice Depot was so nice, they aid I could buy all they had left! I just wrote the word on the box with a Sharpie marker. I also added letter tiles. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas Heidi!

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