This time on Literacy centers!!!
I run 5 centers a week in my classroom- the kids do one center a day. I do this between recess and lunch (10:30-11:30) everyday and while the kids are working at their particular center for the day- I pull 2 guided reading groups.
I have the following centers everyweek:
- Story of the Week
- Reading Center
- Writing Center
- Theme Center
- Spelling/Word Work Center
Story of the Week- working on reading comprehension skill for the week or a review from last weeks skill. We use HM.
Reading Center- My administrator is big, BIG on A.R. (Accelerated Reader) - so my 1st grade team decided to do an A.R. center during the week. The kids have to read and take 2 AR tests during their time at this center- it's going great!!
Writing- various writing or grammar skills
Theme-social studies or science themed center
Spelling-weekly spelling, word work or phonics skill activities.
I have a chart in the front of my room - with their group names- group members, and their center for the day.
Here are my groups:
(I have a southwest theme)
Here is what I use to label all my centers- I have these on my chart- below my chart showing them what 2nd activity they can go to- on the center boxes- etc- basically everywhere.
I store my centers in clear plastic scrapbook containers (LOVE THEM)- I got them from Michaels- they look like THIS.
I do have to say though- that I work in a pretty high achieving school/ district....we are pretty much left alone when it comes to centers/lit circles/guided reading....this seems to be working well for me though :)