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    By kiry219

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    I use centers in my 3rd grade classroom during my guided reading time. I have 7 basic categories for my centers (reading, spelling, wonderful words (phonics), writing, math, science and social studies.) Each category has two or three different activities. Since there is so much reading in science and social studies I decided to include those in my centers. As with all my centers, the items in them are always a review of concepts that I have already taught in class.

    I keep my centers in pocket folders that I display in a large pocket chart (extra supplies I keep in containers below). Here is a link to show you what kind of pocket chart I use.
    Pocket Chart Link
    Inside each pocket chart is the activity directions, worksheet, game board or paper supplies. Two students can work on an activity at a time, so basically I have enough for each child in my classroom to be working at one time.

    My students are welcome to take the activity to their desk, but the most popular place is to work in a "Center Circle". Our center circles are basically large hula hoops that they can sit within while working. The definded area works very well for the kids. They find it fun to sit inside their center circle while they work. The only problem I have had with them this year is getting my principal to stop calling them hula hoops and refer to them as center circles. She loves my use of them, but can't get the name straight. :)

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