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Focusing on Reading Is E.Z.C.™

E.Z.C. Strips - Return Sweep

Recently, the Washington Post featured Really Good Stuff’s E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape® in an article by professional organizer Jackie Kelley.  Kelley points out that for teens, the highlighter tape is a perfect alternative to using a highlighter in textbooks that must be turned back in.  Like all Really Good Stuff products, the E.Z.C.® products are designed and tested by teachers for teachers.  If you have not seen them, take a look below and hear from a Really Good Teacher how he is using them in his classroom.

E.Z.C. Strips® – Return Sweep

 

Designed to highlight two rows of text, these strips are also perfect for picture books with larger fonts.  Help even the youngest readers focus on the text at hand.  With a choice of blue, yellow, or pink, you can select the color that will help focus and motivate your students the most.

 

E.Z.C. Reader

E.Z.C. Reader®

 

For those students who only need one line of text highlight, the E.Z.C. Readers® are ideal.  Each sturdy E.Z.C. Reader® is fitted with a transparent plastic edge that acts as a moveable highlighter that rivets the reader’s attention. Reading becomes a fun, focused activity!
Teacher Tip:
At the beginning of every year I time my students for reading and also listen to them read guided reading books.  I take notes and see, which ones are losing their place or not matching one to one.  I then remind them to use their fingers, but there’s always a few who still can’t track it.  So my plan is to give those students a EZC reader to help them track print during small group time.  Once I’ve watched them use it several times then I will let them use them during independent reading.  I will slowly peel them away it as they can’t use them on standardized and timed tests unless it’s in an IEP.      -Brian Hopkins

E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape

E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape™

Encourage readers to highlight their books as they read them without leaving a mark in the book.  The E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape lets students focus their attention on the points that they want to remember when reviewing.  Are your students too young to really review?  Try the idea below instead!
             Teacher Tip:
I use [the E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape] in small groups as a word hunt.  They either find their weekly sight words in the guided reading book or the phonics sounds.  If we are doing say ai and ay.  We use one color for ai and one for ay!  They love it!    - Brian Hopkins

E.Z.C. Ruler

E.Z.C. Ruler

Do not think we have forgotten about math!  This E.Z.C. Ruler is designed to highlight fractions and help your students succeed at identifying parts of a whole.  Make the product do double-duty by having students use it to track their reading with the yellow highlight strip.
No matter which E.Z.C. product you choose, it is sure to help your students stay focused and on task.

Return Sweep E.Z.C. Reader

Congratulations! You have stumbled upon a Really Good Secret Giveaway! Leave a relevant comment on this article before 11:59PM EST on August 15, 2011 and be entered to win a set of Return Sweep E.Z.C. Readers!  One random winner from all valid entries will be announced on our Facebook page on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  Good luck and thank you for being a part of our Really Good Online Community! We appreciate you!

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183 comments
Leah Demain
Leah Demain

I love these! I only have a few but I like to use them during guided reading, too!

Gaye Murphy
Gaye Murphy

I have used the E.Z.C. Readers for many years with my 3rd grade students who struggle to stay focused on text. I have also shared the E.Z.C. Readers with colleagues and they have seen success too!

Bridget Baril
Bridget Baril

I have used something similar in my class for my first and second graders. It helps keep them focused on the page and less likely t lose there place.

Maria Cornelio
Maria Cornelio

I used the highlighting tape very much when teaching reading. Many of my students had a difficult time reading the endings of words,...They would read the first part and guess on the last part. With the highlighting tape I would highlight the endings and this forced them to completely read the words. This strategy worked very well with my students:)

Paulette Larson
Paulette Larson

Love these! So helpful with beginning readers as they learn to read longer passages, especially helps those who have a difficult time tracking. :)

Meagan Horn
Meagan Horn

I like to use highlighting tape to let the kids tape words they don't know. Once they get through a book, they make their own flash cards to take home to study missed words! The tape keeps them positive about words they don't know, but the flash cards keep them from overusing the tape!

Kathleen O'Brien
Kathleen O'Brien

I use highlighter tape in my reading program all the time. When using the document camera, I highlight trouble words or important vocabulary words I want to review. I also mark the section, in their book, that the student can practice and read to the group. I love highlighter tape.

Amy K
Amy K

I love the EZC Ruler! What a fun and interesting way to begin our exploration of fractions!

Dian
Dian

I have not used this product but the ideas shared sound awesome! My third graders would love to use the different colored highlight tapes during Reading and Math!! Thanks for the great ideas!

Sonja
Sonja

I am always amazed at the new products that come out that are so obvious and so simple and yet, no one has thought of them until now. I love the highlighter tape for use in text and reference books that are a part of a class set. Students can highlight words or passages while working on a project and then easily remove when done. What great products for beginning and struggling readers too!

Lisa Learman
Lisa Learman

Love all of these products! I use the highlighter tape, but would love to try the EZC rulers with my first graders!

Jessi Nelson
Jessi Nelson

I plan on using these in my special education classroom this year!

Missy
Missy

Those look great! I'd love to win one! :) Thanks, Really Good Stuff.

Amy
Amy

This stuff looks amazing and as a sub-teacher, I can't to wait to try some of it!!

Theresa
Theresa

I have used the EZC strips and they are awesome! They have really helped me keep one of my students on track with her reading as she is easily distractable. The color strip (especially yellow) helps those with sensory disorders.

Alexis
Alexis

I have used a similar product (because I cannot yet afford the R.G.S. kind) for several years now. It works wonders on all ages! I have used it for Pre-K through 2nd grade kiddos. I love the concept and cannot wait to have the REAL version!! Saving my pennies!!

Nancy
Nancy

I love using highlighter tape in so many ways! It is great for helping students to recognize and find rhyming words; to help with decoding by finding word chunks, blends, diagraphs, etc. It is a great tool for idependent learning centers too. I give them a few words from a Dolch list and have them highlight every word that they can find. i

Denisse Christensen
Denisse Christensen

I love the EZ readers. I use them with my second graders during small group reading. It is an easy way to help them keep on track, but it is helpful to the teacher to make sure they are paying attention. In reading the article, I like the idea of using the highlighting tape during group time for word and sound hunt. I will use that idea this year.

Jennifer White
Jennifer White

I love the EZC Readers! My struggling first graders think they are fun to use, and not only that...it helps them stay on track!

Johnette McWhorter
Johnette McWhorter

I love ez readers! I used them in my thrid grade classroom and now in first grade. I am excited to see the return sweep! Many first grades refuse to use their fingers to track the text. When they get to the end of the line they usually skip a line. Excited to see if this works! Just have to wait for my next pay-day. : (

Meaghan
Meaghan

As a high school teacher, I love the idea of removable highlighter tape. Some students feel the need to highlight everything when looking for important information in content texts like science books. You could use the highlighter tape to help students learn what's important for notetaking. They could highlight what they choose, then pair with a friend and make adjustments, and then check in with the teacher's noteS to help develop note taking skills.

Dana S
Dana S

I love these! I have used them for several years and they work so well. Students are amazed at how much they help them focus on exactly what they are supposed to be reading.

Filene
Filene

A teacher in my school has a really great idea for using the E.Z.C. Highlighter Tape. She lets students use it to highlight the standards being taught each week. Since ALL the standards for each subject for the entire year are posted in the classroom, this has been very helpful to the students.

Anitra Lauro
Anitra Lauro

I use the EZC hilighting tape in my BIG BOOKS at words I want my students to focus on. I also use it when I want students to find certain words in a BIG BOOK or in their guided reading books. The new EZC Sweepers are awesome and would be a fabulous addition to guided reading. These would be a fabulous addition to my ESL first grade class. =)

Jamie
Jamie

I love the idea of using this tape to detect rhyming words! What a great reading tool:)

Jean
Jean

I used EZC reader when I taught first grade. Never thought about it once I moved up. Love the idea of using the highlight tape for some of my 5th graders!

Amy Koch
Amy Koch

I use the E.Z.C. tape with shared reading texts - it really helps my ELL students and my SEN students focus on key vocabulary. I use the readers with SEN students, as well as general ed. struggling students, in guided reading groups. Love both products!

Tammi Pittaro
Tammi Pittaro

EZC tape works great for guided and independent reading. My fourth graders loved using the tape to highlight the main idea sentence in non-fiction books. It is great for finding cause and effect, sequence words, etc.

Kerri Reed
Kerri Reed

I love the ideas in this article. I have never had the opportunity to use these products, but I would love the opportunity to do so. I try to get my students to follow the workds with their fingers, but they don't always do it. I have four year old twins at home that I am teaching to read and would also love these to use with them. Thanks for the great ideas.

Jenn Hart
Jenn Hart

I love these! They work well in my inclusion classroom. Such a great way to differentiate learning!!

Eva
Eva

My students love these! I keep them in cup on my desk and l let the students take one if want it. Once one student takes one the others want to "try it out". It's amazing how something so simple can make such a difference in a child's reading.

Nicholle
Nicholle

I have used a different variety of highlighter tape with my kindergartners. It is very helpful for kids who are just beginning to read and have trouble focusing on the tape. I also found it helpful for pointing out sight words, vocab words, etcetera. Thanks for posting this!

Jessi Nelson
Jessi Nelson

I plan on using these with my Special Ed students this year!

Stephanie Salazar
Stephanie Salazar

I've always wanted to try something like this. In the past we've just used our "reading fingers" or popsicle sticks to follow along but I believe the students would be more interested in something like this. =)

Sara
Sara

I love the readers and use the highlighters tape all the time for sight word searching. I hope to win a set that would help my first graders this year!!

Kim
Kim

I am excited to try the EZC Strips return sweep. I've used the EZC readers in the past but a lot of my students would have a hard time tracking to the next line without stopping what they were reading. Being able to see two lines of text will not only help with their tracking, but allow them to build fluency as well!

Dina marie
Dina marie

I love the highlight tape! I use it so my struggling readers can identify word parts and rhymes. I also love the readers as well. They really help students focus on what they are reading and help with the return sweep that so many have trouble with.

Kristy Harmon
Kristy Harmon

I will begin student teaching in a few weeks and am looking forward to checking this product out and using it in my classroom very soon!!

Barbara McNitt
Barbara McNitt

I love to use highlighter tape to have students locate the "right there" answers in all subjects. I have students keep strips of the tape on the back of a laminated bookmark for quick access.

Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown

These would be great to help my beginning readers learn to read. I would love to win something!

Robin Eckel
Robin Eckel

i have students highlight answers to comprehension questions on worksheets. With the highlighting tape, I could even have them highlight the answers in novels.

Marie Meriton
Marie Meriton

I have used these in my classroom and they are excellent! They really help motivate and focus students on the text. This improves their comprehension as well!

Jessica Lowe
Jessica Lowe

I love using the E.Z.C. Readers! I had several students last year (in 3rd grade) that could not stay focused or read fluently without using them. So many of the students love them that even the ones who didn't "need" them used them. It helped the students who needed it without making them feel "wierd" about using a tool to help them! Definitely plan on using them again this year in first grade!

Angie Burford
Angie Burford

I love the EZ readers. My students use them at the teacher table!! They help the students keep up when reading!! Great Idea!!!

Kami
Kami

I have been looking into these products for a while now. I guess I might have to give them a try after reading all of the great reviews.

Rebecca Shiplett
Rebecca Shiplett

Highlight tape and easy readers can also be useful for students with visual difficulties.

Marjorie
Marjorie

The E.Z.C. tape looks really cool and would be helpful for any grade level. I really want to try out the highlighting tape since it doesn't leave marks.

Laura Palmer
Laura Palmer

Ok...tried to post, but it didn't go, so here it is again. Sorry if it is a repeat. I have heard of your reading cards, but I didn't know about the tape. My college son will love it since he rents his text books and he can't hilite them. I have always wanted to use the cards, but couldn't afford them these past few years. I am hoping to get them soon. Great product and great ideas!!! :)