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    By Christine

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    It certainly is all overwhelming! This is my third year and I still feel like I have "rookie" tattooed on my forehead. I am a 1st gr. teacher and use centers while doing small group instruction in reading. Keep it simple! I started with four centers. (ex/writing(write a story on a transparencey and share w/ class) Art( simple art project) Math(extra ditto's-especially fun ones w/ coloring),Listening(even 3rd graders would love to listen to books on tape) It doesn't have to be fancy. Mine consisted of labeled dishpans w/ activities that reveiwed previous skills. Students went to a different center each day (about 45 min) If they finished they could read or write in journal. Just be clear about expectations and noise levels. If you start simple now you can add different centers as time allows. The students love the independence of centers and it allows you some quality time w/ students in need.

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