Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Overhead Station

Last year my students loved the overhead station. However, by mid year, I struggled to keep it fresh.  I rolled the projector into my closet and it stayed there.  Every time I would open the closet door, my kids would sigh and say,  "Remember the overhead station?..." with sad puppy dog eyes.  I kept meaning to kick it up a notch and reintroduce it, but I never got around to it.  
Summer is a wonderful time to scratch things off your "to do" list, don't ya think?


I have heard from some teachers that they are struggling with paper restrictions.  The overhead station is a great way to keep your kids actively learning with little or no paper. 

If you don't have an overhead (search janitor's closets) you can use  your SMARTboard or Promethean Board.  Another option is to print the learning material, laminate them, and use an Expo Marker.

In any event...

Ta Da!
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Handwriting practice for the letters of the alphabet.
Nursery rhymes for letter and word hunts.

Two levels of word and sentence building.
Students will build letters using magnetic letters.



 There are also 12 different "I Can..." charts so your kids can work independently.



Do you use an overhead projector... or am I the only dinosaur?


45 comments:

  1. I LOVE using the overhead for a station! All my teaching pals looked at me like I was CRAZY!! I hope my new school has one I can have!!

    Kindergarten Is A Jungle

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  2. Lol! Our school had a technology recycle day last summer and someone brought them in to be recycled. I was like a bag lady... Scooped them up for my team. The high school teachers thought I had my mind!

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  3. This is SO cool! We have a copy count limit and it seems to shrink every year. Boy, would this ever be a crowd pleaser in my room. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so snagging this. And, you are not the only dino . . . an overhead is all we have :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  4. We only have like one overhead projector left in our whole school! But like you said the Smartboard works too! The kids love these type activities. Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Lori, run in and snag it during the summer. Then hide it in your closet! Lol!

      If you want one, check with your districts high school. They may have some in closets.

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  5. I have some transparent colored letters that I LOVE to use with this station. the kids can dump and sort them, or spell with them, I also make just about everything into a transparency so that the kids can use it on the over head. I have a white board that is way LOW... like it rests on the floor. We project onto the white board and do any writing pages there, not on the actual transparency.

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  6. That is what we do too Karen. The vis-a-vis markers make a mess! I'll have to find some transparent letters. I don't have those.... Shocking!

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    1. When i had an overhead I used washable markers and they worked wel. You could also use a wet wipe to clean them up quickly.

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    2. I've never tried that! Next time I have a task that requires them to write on the transparency, I give it a whirl. Thanks Pam!

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  7. Deedee, thanks for giving me a good reason to keep my overhead. Last year, all I used it for was to hold my computer headset basket. This year, I will definitely make good use of it. Thanks so much!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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    1. Ha! I am glad you like it. I knew I either had to make something or get rid of mine. But the students LOVE it... so making something won!

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  8. Thank you so much for this idea! I was ready to get rid of it, but now I can't wait to set it up as a station! LOVE this idea! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I was feeling the same way!

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  9. OMG!! I LOVE THIS! I do use an overhead for a workstation and my students love it, but I did not use it like this! I am so excited to put this in my room. I also noticed it says quarter 1, so does that mean more to come?

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    1. Hi there! Yes, quarterly is my plan. I thought if I put the quarters in the title, it would keep me accountable to keep it fresh. I also want each quarter to get progressively more challenging. It will help me know what their next steps are when I am in the thick of it.

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  10. You just made my day! I love this. Like you , my overhead center lost it's appeal because I wasn't keeping it fresh. I am super excited about this and the overhead center again! You rock!

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  11. Thank you so much for this...I love it! I DO have an overhead projector that is tucked up on a shelf. It is time to haul it out!!

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  12. I am so excited!! I just love my overhead and this is perfect thank you so much for this resource!!!

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  13. Do you put two kids at this station together?

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    1. Yes, my rule is 3 is a crowd! Sometimes I have to have 3 in a station, but I pick those 3 very carefully.

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  14. Love this...I will be dusting off the overhead projector this September!!

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  15. Thank You So Much! I do use an overhead and my students love it. We use it to project on the white board. I have poems and our HW program on transparencies. Students also use letters to build sight words, names, and CVC words. Can't wait to get this from your TPT store.

    Rose

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  16. I let the teacher across the hall borrow my overhead projector. I'm going to have to "steal" it back this summer.

    Sue

    arainbowofteaching.blogspot.com

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    1. Summer is a good time to borrow things back... ;-)

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  17. No overhead or FILMSTRIP projectors. I loved the filmstrip projectors. Do you know how long I spent learning to thread that thing when I was in college..gasp..
    Cute ideas!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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    1. LOL! filmstrip projectors... hilarious!

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  18. I have no overhead projector or smartboard. I have a useless whiteboard that is not center. I guess I can use the old document camera instead :) Yes, I am complaining LOL!

    missnguyensclass.blogspot.com

    sn.nguyen19@gmail.com

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    1. Oh girl! I hated my SMARTBoard because it was old and it would stay oriented. Now I have a Promethean, but I will be trained in the fall. Yikes!

      But I would go screaming down the halls if I did not hsve the document camera. :)

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  19. I really need to pull mine down, don't I? My room has such little space, I'd have to figure out where to place it...but you've motivated me to make it work!!!!!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. I like having mine on wheels and that it is low tl the ground. We cam wheel it out during stations, then slide it back against the wall when we ate done. It can also slide under tables so it is out of the way.

      I hope that helps!

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  20. Love the overhead station and so do the kids. I also ran out of ideas during mid year. I'm so excited to have done fresh ideas!! Thanks so much and can't wait to see some letters too! You are the best!

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  21. I am a fan of yours and love your ideas. I have given you a 'Lovely Blog Award'.
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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  22. I use an overhead projector, and maybe some of you have a solution for me--I don't have a white board in my classroom. I hang up white sheets of paper on a blank wall (my walls are dark wood). The papers keep falling down!! What would be a good solution?? Help!

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    1. Well, I am sure smarter people will have a solution, but you could use industrial strength Velcro. I know you can find it in the craft isle at Wal-Mart. It has adhesive backs that are pretty strong. Perhaps you can use that to mount a white board.

      You can get white shower board from Home Depot for pretty inexpensive. This works wonderfully for a dry erase board (I always get one and have it cut down so my whole class gets a whiteboard-under $20 for the whole thing).

      I think the Velcro would be strong enough. Depending on your school policy, you my be able to hot glue it too?

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  23. Oh my goodness! I just LOVE you! Hee! DeeDee you are the BEST! I am inspired by you daily. Thank you for yet again another wonderful resource!!!

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  24. I am so excited!!! Not only have you give me a year worth of writing stations... now I can buy your overhead stations too? FABULOUS!!!! I have been wanting to make my overhead a station since last year and now I have a great resource! Thanks so much Deedee!

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  25. Love this idea of your Overhead Station!!! So Cool!!

    I wanted to invite you over to my site! I've got some great resources that I just posted and I know you would love to have them for your little ones....there's going to be a giveaway EVERY Day for the next 5 days!! WooHoo!!

    Tammy
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

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  26. You all are so sweet to me! Thank you!

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  27. We had to get rid of our overheads. We can only have 7 literacy centers and 6 of those are written in blood across the district. When we could do more in the good ol' days, I had the overhead and loved it! =)

    My kiddos favorite thing were sound boxes. I have 2 on my blog as *freebies*. They are great...especially if Stretchy Snake gets to help! =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  28. I love this Deedee. I still use the overhead. My kids always love it!

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  29. Wow...I did this years ago when I taught first grade and my kids LOVED it! Each year I had to make sure I had an overhead station for word work or playing with coins!

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  30. I still use my overhead! The kids love it! I have the little translucent number tiles & the plus sign & subtraction sign, they use it to practice doing addition & subtraction during math centers. I think it is a great idea to do it for handwriting as well! :) Great post!

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