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    By susan

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    I teach 1st grade, but hopefully you can use some of these ideas. I abililty group my kids during centers, according to reading levels. I change them a lot after I have done evaluations. I have groups of 3-4 and I have 7 centers. I try to create centers that reinforce a theme, skill or concept from reading and math. I do 1-2 centers a day and ring a bell for clean-up and then they rotate to next center. I have a Title I aide there during centers and I take kids individually for running records or make-up work or teaching. It takes me about a week. It is a little extra work, but the kids love centers. These are my centers: Art(create own projects from recycled materials), ABC(Lang.Arts games, stamping spelling words, cutting pictures out of magazines for sounds,etc, some worksheets),computers (use old Apple GSII for games, writing stories, spelling words), Math (games for current topics), listening (tape and book with a follow-up worksheet or activity), poetry(children glue poem for the week in a bound blank book and illustrate)Library (guided reading with teacher or aide) I also have a "Read the Walls" sheet that they can copy words on a sheet that looks like a brick wall. Good Luck!

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