Idea Comes to Life!

Friday, June 22, 2012
Last summer I submitted an idea to Really Good Stuff. I seriously I have not thought much about it since. Until NOW!!! I received this letter and package today!! They put my idea into production and I can't even tell you how excited I am!!
 Here's the letter! Woo hoo! 
Here it is in the catalog! 
 Here it is in real life!

I am such a geek, but I really can't wait to tell my students about this process and show them the final product. So here is the backstory:

I attended the Reading and Writing Workshop at Columbia University last summer. The presenter suggested cutting clear Contact paper into strips so students could mark their own words in books. I love that, except clear contact paper is harder to find than you might think. I had the idea to put strips of regular highlighting tape on cards to give my first graders. It worked fine, but not great-and it was A LOT of work. So I submitted the idea to RGS when they ran one of their contests. It has been almost exactly one year. 
How to use these:
to mark word families
to mark punctuation
to mark compound words
to mark nouns and verbs (different colors)
to find certain letters
to find suffixes and prefixes
to mark important fact
to highlight a specific text feature
to mark confusing/exciting/scary parts
to mark the big idea
to mark an unknown word

I could go on and on! These are perfect size cards to slide into their just right bag (you could even cut them in half!) so students have ownership of them. They will be so excited after seeing you model how to use them! How much? $9.99. Come see for yourself! Click on the pic to visit Really Good Stuff!

I am feeling a giveaway coming really soon! Happy weekend!


  1. Wow! What an honor! You must be so proud. Looks like a very useful product. Congratulations to you!

    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Wow, this a fantastic thing! You must be over the moon, and I can't wait to use the product.

    1. I am over the moon! I wish I had 10 more ideas! (but I don't!)

  3. That is so awesome Lyssa! I'm not at all surprised - very cool! Congratulations!! Grace

    1. Thank you! Now I'll get working on that app Danny and I have been talking about!

  4. Lyssa,

    Thanks so very much for submitting your idea! Congratulations on making it to production! It's a GREAT product!

    Brandi Jordan
    Managing Director of The Teachers' Lounge, a Really Good Stuff blog

    1. Thank you! I was so surprised and excited! Hoping to submit another soon!

  5. Awesome product, makes life easier and that's what I need!


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