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Spaces Between Words

I've always taught my students to leave a "fingerspace" between words when they write.  This was a pretty good trick.  They sometimes even used their real fingers to measure between words to see how they were doing.  Sometimes I'd give them popsicle sticks, and they'd draw fingernails on them, and measure their spaces with the "finger sticks".

I'm always looking for new, fun ways to do things, so one day I started to tell the kids to leave "an imaginary M&M between each word.  Then, when they were done, they could eat all their imaginary M&M's!

When Valentine's Day came, I thought I'd give the kids an extra treat.  I bought REAL M&Ms!  They were so happy!  Here are a couple of pictures of the kids working in their Gratitude Journals, measuring their spaces with real M&Ms!  (For more about the Gratitude Journals, see THIS POST.)

Interestingly enough, most of the children wrote they were grateful for M&Ms on that day!


  1. Love the idea of using M&M's for spacing! Hope they enjoyed them!

    Reading Toward the Stars

    1. Andrea,

      The kids most definitely enjoyed the M&Ms!


  2. Super fun idea!! I'm sure they LOVED that!! I seriously could use M and Ms or Skittles like everyday in some sort of lesson, haha. LOVE em!!

    1. Haley,

      Good point! I try not to give my kids too much sugar, but once in a while is fun!



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