Now for idea #1...
So being the nerdy teacher I am, that next Halloween I found some at the Dollar Store and bought a class set. I ended up teaching grade 5/6 my first year so I didn't end up using them. When I got to teach grade 3/4 my second year I gave them to my students at Halloween as part of their treat from me and have been doing this ever since.
This year we used these to help us during read to self and even read to someone. When my class got them this year they couldn't wait to use them. I also like to use reading fingers during guided reading so I keep a set ready in my guided reading tool bin.
What kind of reading tools do you use in your classroom?