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My favorite subject to teach is reading. I love meeting with small groups and listening to them read each and every day. I often get asked: I believe in a “happy hum” of chatter in my classroom although most of the centers are actually pretty quiet, because the students are so engaged. Let me explain how my ELA centers work. First of all, I have a 90 minute ELA block. So I teach whole group for 30 minutes, then do 4 rotations of centers that are 15 minutes each. During whole group instruction, I teach the target skills for the week such as phonics, comprehension skills, vocabulary, sight words, etc from our basal series.

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Literacy Printables Enjoy this collection of engaging literacy printables that help make teaching reading easy! Most of these free printables do not include directions; however, you will find full directions with all Literacy Mini Packs. All of the files below are in PDF format, so you’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view and print the files. Interested in specific strategies for literacy? Be sure to check out the Literacy Strategies pages on my site.

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Pocket Place Most of our K-3 classrooms have fifteen or twenty colorful pocket charts in many shapes and sizes that are used for a variety of purposes: However, Pocket Place is an area set aside for a specific task for differentiated instruction. One of my favorite uses is for my largest pocket chart. To save time and energy for the teachers on my staff and in my university classes, I have created print ready cards for different spellings for each vowel.

Each game comes with directions, clues and cards and a cheat sheet with all of the answers for the teacher! These games are available on the Word Way page of this website. Bunny in a flower pot Valentine Hearts The children follow the directions and make an art project. If they don’t read and follow the directions, the project often doesn’t work out.

Storing sentence strips is easier than it was when I first started using centers in the sixties I’m showing my age! There are commercially produced sentence strip containers with dividers or you may use wall paper paste trays that are placed below the pocket chart for easy access. This is an excellent place to reinforce story sequence.

Children can reconstruct stories, songs or poems that were introduced during shared reading and then reread them with a pointer. For nonreaders or emergent readers, use rebus stories. Publishing Place Gather a large assortment of publishing materials, including writing tools colored pens, pencils, markers , a variety of writing paper, stationery, postcards and envelopes colors, sizes, and shapes , blank books, journals, dictionaries, writing prompts, editing posters, charts describing what good writers do, checklists, and construction paper for covers.

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How to implement literacy centers Here are some guidelines for creating effective literacy centers in your classroom: Start with the student; plan what literacy center to create with the student in mind. What knowledge do students have as readers or writers?

Bulletin Boards. I LOVE BULLETIN BOARDS! Even though I do not have a preschool class right now, I still have a bulletin board in my office which I still have a .

Learning to read is hard work! Encourage critical thinking by giving your students writing prompts. It helps them get away from answering without thinking just to be first. Read them stories every day. Check out our list of 50 of the Best Books for First Grade. I can easily differentiate because they provide the Lexile levels. I found this resource to be very helpful, especially with non-fiction to integrate science and social studies concepts into Daily 5.

Have your students create personal word walls. First Grade Parade Instead of having one massive class word wall, have students create and post their own personal word walls in your classroom.

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You are continually trying to figure out how to differentiate materials and keep it all interesting. This is no easy task. Good News- This post will make your life easier! Below you will see 10 Math Centers with activities that, once printed, can be used several ways to address the needs of your students. Free Printable Math Center for Geometry As teachers, we have the difficult task of address the standards, like Algebra and Geometry, with students who are minimally responsive or barely able to count to five.

WorksheetFun on Pinterest. FREE Printable Worksheets. Preschool Worksheets Kindergarten Worksheets Printable Charts Math Worksheets on Graph Paper Most Popular Worksheets Halloween Worksheets. First Grade Worksheets.

Around the Clock Here is a center game to reinforce clock numeral placement. For each game board, glue a construction paper clock to a colored background. Label each of several chips in sets of 12 chips with numerals 1 – In turn have each player roll a 12 sided die, then cover that number on her clock with the correctly labeled chip. If a player rolls a numeral that has already been covered with a chip, she must pass the die to the next player.

Continue play until on numerals on each clock are covered. Start collecting fry containers. Then write a different number on each box. Make fries by cutting yellow sponges into strips. Place the boxes and fries in a center. To do this activity, a child places the appropriate number of fries in each box. For each jar you gather think of a fruit or veggie to make out of colored paper apple, grape, corn, banana.

Now cut out the shapes of the veggies and fruit. For each fruit or veggie jar think of an activity to place on the jars.

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Kristen Smith Picture this: You are in your classroom and students are all working quietly on meaningful tasks. They are working with one another and you are meeting with a small guided reading group. You are not interrupted every two minutes.

These free, printable activities are great to support reading activities for classic literature titles. Click to view and print!

Try it risk-free for 30 days Instructor: Shelby Golden Find out how to set up a math center for first graders with this article. You’ll learn more about ideas for these centers and discover fun activities and games for your students. Setting up Math Centers General Goals and Ground Rules You can set up your math center in a variety of ways, as long as you focus on providing students with an effective way to practice and improve the mathematics skills they’re currently learning in class.

Centers should be a daily part of class and, and students should understand what’s expected of them when they use the center. Talk with students about how they should act during center time, focusing on sharing, taking turns and cleaning up after themselves.

Christmas Math Centers & Activities for First Grade

I will share what I have done so far, but please-pretty-please share your tips and strategies below!! Math Centers If you’re like me, my typical math class was set up with Teacher Time and Lesson Work, just in a whole-group setting, so making those more small-group oriented was easy and delightful! Math Centers were what always hung me up when it came to logistics, time management, work habits, building independence with my students, and on and on and on!!

So, I decided when I was going to take the plunge into Math Rotations, to over-prep Math Centers to death, because I was pretty sure that if the wheels were going to come off the bus, it would be when kids were in this center.

Are you looking for fun and engaging fall themed resources for your literacy centers? This bundle includes 12 products combined into one. These activities are ideal for literacy centers in first grade.

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For those who want to know which Canadian Universities are considered to be the best by recent standards that information can be found here. Then for those who want to know what are the popular courses right now and why then one needs to look no further because this is a topic that we have also covered here. If you are interested in what student life may be like for a Canadian student we have this topic covered as well.

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And peace can never be emphasized enough. So I decided to devote my unit this month to peac This Winter Roll Read Keep This version with lively illustrations by Karen Schmidt, Writers – Writing isn’t always easy for everyone.

Learning Links Literacy Centers Little First Books Math MOOSE Book Covers Mini Offices Name Tags Newsletter Templates Center Signs. Coming Soon! Free printables may not be placed in online shared files, list server databases, personal websites, or any other database without permission of the owner. All materials are copyright protected.

At the center of each pack is a Driving Question, which gives students’ investigations purpose and structure and helps them to understand what they are learning and why it is important. The wealth of resources provided with each pack saves teachers time by collecting a core set of materials necessary to support project-based learning as well as ensures team investigations stay on track and individual students learn grade-appropriate content.

How to Use Project-Based Learning Packs Examine the Overview for important information about the process and additional support materials for each pack. Each Project-Based Learning Pack’s lesson plan follows a similar structure to establish a familiarity with the project-based learning process. Investigation, teamwork, planning, and presentation resources support students as they formulate an answer to the Driving Question at the center of each pack.

The reading and activity resources in each pack provide students with the content to pursue their exploration of the Driving Question. Copies handed out to each team help students discover and experiment with the key topics of the pack. When combined each pack’s resources connect students with the tools to stay on task, work well as a team, plan investigations and projects, present their findings, and reflect on the work they have accomplished. Resources Provided with Each Pack Investigation.

ABC Centers

Love of books is the best of all. I had so much fun and got to meet the fabulous Kim Adsit. I presented my Literacy Center Ideas. I created a few new ones that I thought I’d share with y’all today. I just love this clipart! In this activity, the student or students will pick a PBJ sandwich from the sandwich container and color in one box under the appropriate column.

I have used them since first grade and they are oh so wonderful and save me oh so much time! It is so nice to have centers ready to go at the beginning of each month for the ENTIRE month! {You can check out a post about my center setup HERE.}.

Here you will find a few print and go activities that can get you started- and all of them are centered pun intended on the pillars of reading set out by the National Reading Panel! Phonic ability is based on knowing letter sounds, being able to blend them, and also chunk them together… ultimately to decode them. Here are a few activities to print and go! Initial Sound Twenty-four pages all focused on the dr- sound!?! There are several activities in here to use plus flashcards from Carlscorner.

What beats the dr- printables? These sh- printables from Scholastic! I think the speed drills with a timer would make a great center. Remember, you can add a timer for the speed drills and maybe make it a partner activity! Blending Blending and sorting sounds is a skill that this center can help you build, and it focuses on Long I sounds found via Syracuse City School. It is a bigger pack but specific to the word list attached. Either way, with the worksheets and visuals, it is worth downloading.

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Primary Punch Literacy Centers I have had a lot of questions about how I run literacy centers in my room lately. We don’t use Daily 5, our county has it’s own framework it wants us to use but with the new Common Core we aren’t limited to using a basal reading series anymore which is great! This is a long one but full of good information and hopefully some new ideas.

So, here is how literacy centers goes down in my room of 2nd graders!

What Is a Learning Center A Learning Center is a place or activity that invites students to practice and apply strategies that have been taught or modeled in shared inquiry or whole group instruction.

Even though I do not have a preschool class right now, I still have a bulletin board in my office which I still have a collage of pictures and miscellaneous keepsakes on. Bulletin Boards can set the tone of your classroom, preschool, or home and it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time and money to prepare one. The following ideas are actual ideas and materials that I have personally used.

The possibilities are limitless! One of my very favorite tools. I love to use spray paint in a light covering over a heavy tag board. One of my favorite displays was using gold spray paint on yellow tag board to create a huge sunshine on the wall of my classroom. The gold was lightly covering the yellow and when the light shined on it, it looked fabulous.

The kids thought that the sunshine was so cool, I made a large pair of black sunglasses out of construction paper to put over his eyes! Spray paint when used should be used in a well ventilated outside preferrably area. Fumes aren’t good to breathe in. You can get these from wallpaper stores that are discontinuing samples. The wallpaper samples are often cut it squares, and have a surface that adds a lot of great color and texture.

Make Your Own Circle Time learning Board- Prek/Kindergarten


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