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    By Maggy

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    I'm in the same boat! Here are some books which I have found useful. "Guided Reading: Making it Work" published by Scholastic, "Guided Reading" by Fountas & Pinnell, and "What are the other Kids Doing...". The "Mailbox Best of Learning Centers 1-3" has lots of center ideas, but no management strategies. The first 3 books mentioned contain various reading ticket/planning page ideas, how to set up your classroom, how to implement, etc. Some of these I purchased, and our school library has a small (but growing!) teacher section.
    I am starting out small with only 4 or 5 centers, and planning to add activities to each center as the year progresses. One idea was for the reading ticket to contain Have-To's/Daily assignments, Once per Week, and choices. I am in the process of finalizing my plans and have been picking and choosing ideas from these books. Our 2nd grade team will meet on Tuesday to discuss how we will implement literacy centers with our new reading series & I hope to get some pointers there. One piece of advice I have been given: Model and practice the center activities one at a time. Let the class practice, practice, practice. It makes sense!

    Sorry this was so long. I hope it helps. This board has been very helpful! Good Luck!
    M



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