Mini Light Box in the Classroom

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light box

What is a Light Box you ask?

It’s a flat box with a side of  plastic and an electric light that provides an evenly lighted flat surface or even illumination.

It took me a year but I finally bought a Light Box to use in my classroom! I found mine at Big Lots. It was only $8! It’s a mini that measures 8″x 6″ and has two inserts and runs on 4 AA batteries.  I’m going to hang it in my classroom library with  a couple of 3M hooks.

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LED Letter Sign from Big Lots

I’ve read a lot of different blog posts about others creating their own Light Box inserts using transparencies. So I got to thinking…hmmm…I wonder if I could just print them on multipurpose copy paper?

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Light Box inserts printed on copy paper

Guess what? You can! So now you know if you don’t have any transparencies handy you can just use computer copy paper. I think it looks great too!

How will I use it?

I plan on putting cute inspirational messages, growth mindset posters, and insert fun holiday posters into it.  Emily from The Literacy Nest had an awesome idea to make phonogram templates to place in her Heidi Swapp Light Box.  You can read her post about it here.

I can even use the light during my Guided Math, Guided Reading, and Writing Conference times too. It will be a great visual tool for my students. If the light is on it will indicate that I’m busy working with a group; if the light is off then I’m free to help answer questions.

Is is your mind racing with ideas like mine is now? Then you should run out and buy your own at Big Lots and download my mini insert freebies below and let your light shine.

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light box

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