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Monday, December 30, 2013

DIY Color Overlays

Here's a DIY color overlay activity:

Step One: Purchase colorful transparent sheets at your local office supply store. Let each student try a variety different colors as each learner will have their own preference.
  • transparency film
  • transparent report covers 
  • transparent dividers

Step Two: For some students, use whole sheets so they can change the background color of the entire page of text.  Other students like thin strips of color, as it can help with tracking from line to line.  You can cut them to each student's preferred length and width.

Step Three:  For students that get overwhelmed by to many words on a page, place Washi Tape around the edge of the overlay to block out competing lines of text. 

Step Four:  For independent reading time and reading centers, create a larger select of different color overlays and let your students use them as needed. 

If some students don’t find color overlays helpful, they can still make one and use it as a bookmark.

Dr. Erica Warren
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, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz
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