1. Write the words on the sentence strips.
2. Write letters on the small colored index cards, making sure that you separate the letters enough to cut them apart easily. Use as many different colors for the words as you can to help separate the letters of one word from another.
3. Put a book pocket on the back. (The author used self-adhesive material from Demco.com.)
4. Slice a strip open on the top of the pool noodle long enough for your sentence strip to fit inside of it, but not so far that you cut all the way through the pool noodle. The author cut two VERY thin slices out of the noodle (to make it larger hole) so that it wouldn’t be so hard for the little ones to slip the paper in and out of the opening.