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This is a collection of literacy centers that can be incorporated into your reading class.
Lit. Centers
Posted by:Lori V. #49025

Here is a post I did a long, long, long time ago. I still sue centers, but I haven't used some of them for a while. I can update you on what I am doing now...just email me! Lori

These are only my literacy centers. I do purely literacy centers during my L.A. block and save Science, and Math centers for different times. Unfortunately with the day we have, I do not often get to do "fun" centers like blocks etc. But my kids love doing these, and the ask me when we are going to do them if we miss them for whatever reason. This is the time I pull out my guided reading groups. I would be more than happy to talk about how I introduce them, if you are interested.

To introduce I usually do one at a time. For example if I am introducing Stamp a Story, I would do a model and have...

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newspaper literacy centers
Posted by:Julianne #20333

Here are some center ideas I got from a newspapers in the classroom workshop. You could have one center in your classroom be a "newspaper center" with rotating activities.

Have students find their spelling words in the newspaper, cut them out and paste them on a paper next to the written spelling words.

Cut rhyming words from the newspaper. Mount them at the ends of lined paper. Try to make a poem using the words you found. Write the rest of the poem with a pencil. Illustrate it if you like.

A center my friend next door used last year was "make your own comic book". Have students at the center choose a newspaper comic they like, cut it out and mount it on a piece of paper. They then must write all the nouns from the strip below it on their paper - or all the verbs, or all the describing words, or...

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Literacy Centers
Posted by:Gail #10512

Here are a few of the things I have done so far this year. The children work in with partners. AS they finish they visit the class library. I know the time is up when most are at the library.
*I have dry beans which are spray painted for interest. Each bean has an upper or lower case letter. The children try to match them up to the ABC tapes on the tables (or to any ABC reference you have.)
*I photocopied black line masters of a dog and a bone / a fish bowl and a tropical fish. Each child received one fish and one dog to illustrate. Each piece already had a letter in permanent marker written on it and that letter was highlighted. The children were asked to illustrate the picture while avoiding the letter itself to keep it pretty clear. I used blue chalk on the fish bowls for...

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Literacy Centers
Posted by:JC #50863

Try teaching heart net
They have a Literacy center link in which I got a lot of ideas from. I just started Literacy centers and so far I have:

Scrambled Sentences: they have to unscramble the word cards(usually sight words) to make a sentence and write it.

Spill the word: Using film containers, I wrote out sight or reading vocabulary words and cut each letter out. I then placed the letters in the container and the children have to spill the container and create the word. The are to record all the words as they spill them.

Read the room: They use a fly swatter with a rectangular whole cut out and read the room.

Write the room: Self-explanatory

Book Boxes: using their leveled books the children are to read and fill out a recording sheet.

Listening Post:...

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LITEACY CENTERS
Posted by:MRSP #48540

PATTY,
THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR TEACHING SECOND GRADE. I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE SCHOLASTIC LITERACY PLACE
PROGRAM, I USE SCOTT-FORSMAN READING SERIES. HOWEVER, EVERY FRIDAY MORNING AFTER THE SPELLING AND MATH TEST, MY STUDENTS GO INTO LITERACY CENTERS AND I WORK WITH A SMALL GROUP WITH GUIDED READING. SOME OF THE LITARACY CENTERS ARE:
-WORD WALL
-READ AROUND THE ROOM
-SPELLING OUT NEST WEEKS SPELLING WORDS W/ MAGNET
LETTERS
-LISTENING CENTERS- I CHOOSE BOOKS AND RECORD
THE TAPES MYSELF
-POETRY CENTER- I TYPE UP POEMS, CUT OUT AND MIX UP THE WORDS. FOLLOWING A MASTER SHEETS,
THE STUDENTS HAVE TO PUT THE POEM BACK TOGETHER.
I USE A SENTENCE CHART FOR THIS.
-READING BINGO
-SORTING WORDS- USING MAGNET WORDS SORTING THEM
UNDER A OR B OR C UNTIL THE ENTIRE ALAPHABET IS DONE....

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literacy centers
Posted by:Shannon #58565

I have a great book that has really good ideas for literacy centers. You can find it at any teacher supply store. I think it's called "What Other Kids are Doing" (While I teach small groups)

In my classroom I use buddy reading, independent reading, read the room, ABC make words - I have everything from play doh and wikki sticks to bottle caps with letters on them at this center. I have a reporting form that students fill out as they make words; Word Wall center, Writing Center, Keyboard ( I drew a computer keyboard on a clear shower curtain). They use a fly swatter to "type" words. I also have "Build a Sentence" center. I use colored word cards and a pocket chart for that. I also use computer and listening center.



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Centers
Posted by:LaTina18 #130503

Spelling...I use Task Cards where they do different activities with the words...I also use dry erase boards for pretests

Vocabulary...Day 1...define the words...Day 2...read the vocabulary reader and answer the questions (these came with the reading series)...Day 3 -5...phonics skill

Fluency...Buddy Read or a Listening Station

Reading...Study Island (computer-based program), Leveled Raeders (these came with the reading series),

Independent Reading...novel, reading passage, newspapers, magazines...


I use http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/studentCenterActivities45.htm. Their centers cover the five domains of reading and are ready to print. I print them on cardstock, laminate, cut out, and they're ready to go.

Other teachers are allowed to integrate other subjects during their Literacy Block, but I am not. If you're allowed, you might even have centers for math, science, social studies, health, grammar, and...

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centers
Posted by:teach72beach #126646

I have the following centers that run M-Th each week and occasionally on Fridays.
Listening Center
Book Center
Poetry & Plays Center
Phonics Center
Word Study (vocabulary) Center
Games Center (educational of course)
Computer Center
Writing Center
Fluency Center
I think there is one more I cant think of.

While the students are in centers I call small groups to me. My centers are mixed ability and my small groups are same ability so they do not rotate to my small group, I call them to me.

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fluency
Posted by:leah #73023

Fluency is one of my centers in reading. I teach a whole group lesson on how to time each other reading. I give the group a timer. One person times while one person reads. The others in the group follow along and count the number of words read. The kids love it because they each get a turn to time. It really works.

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Listening centers
Posted by:Dawn Olson #91777

I use a half sheet of paper...the kids need to put the date, the title, author and illustrator. They need to indicate whether they liked the story a lot, a little or not at all. Then they have to write a complete sentence answer on why they picked their ranking. On the back now I am having them do a written retell. Since some of my 2nd scores have been low in retell fluency, that it what I am working on. They know to write what happened at the beginning, middle and end.

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Guided Reading Center
Posted by:J #46037

I love guided reading and found the following centers enabled me to work with guided reading groups:

1. Computers-I had computers with software, like Reader Rabbit or Living Books, loaded on them for students to listen to. The computers had individual headsets so the students could work quietly without disturbing others. Only two of my computers had the capability to run some programs so when this happened, I got a headset splitter from my local electronics story so two people could be on one computer. The pairs worked well together! (Teaching Target: Phonics skills, fluency, comprehension)

2. Reader's Theatre-students were assigned parts of simple plays. This works better if you have a parent or aide, but can work well as long as you model your expectations and help them choose parts. (At first my students would bicker about which parts they wanted. I solved this, by writing a...

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teaching third grade
Posted by:chris #76919

This will be my 4th year teaching 3rd grade. I can tell you some of the things that I do and hope it helps.
Some of the centers that I use for Reading are:
Poetry: each student has a notebook that they copy the weekly poem into, they then illustrate the poem. In their center groups they will put the poems (recent and past) in order from sentence strips that I have made. They will read the poem together and alone to build fluency.
Buddy Reading: they read with a partner.
Computers: play various computer games, use word, etc.
Word Study: I give them a list of words from other areas, they put them in alphabetical order then create a vocabulary book.
Listening Center: listen to stories and perform some type of comprehension activity.
Art: I have them create some form of art project relating to a...

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listening station
Posted by:teach4fun #135069

I read a big book into a tape recorder and the children listen as they flip through the book. They love being on the floor and being "in charge" of the big book and the tape player. I just have a cheap tape player with headset. They write and draw their favorite part on a labeled paper I have in a drawer for that specific station. Before they are allowed to clean up and when I come to check them, they have to read what they wrote to me and explain their pic.

I even have two listening stations this time around. Station 9 and station 5 are both listening and writing stations. At station 5 they have to answer questions about the story that I read write onto the tape at the end of the story for my ones that arent reading fluently yet.

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I love this rubric for fluency...
Posted by:iluv2nd #1200

I tweaked it a bit from the original I got from a colleague. The second document is the same information but I printed it and posted it in the classroom.

We often talk about the animal icons... Let me know what you think...

Download: Partner Reading Fluency Rubric.doc (65.536 KB)



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Posted by:Charl #135070

I also use a listening station. Sometimes they listen to the weekly story on tape. Last year I used it the most for tradebooks on tape. We would all read a grade level book on tape or CD and read along in the book. Then there would be activities to tie in to the reading. They could do this in the library area, at their seats, or somewhere else in the room. My students don't really care where in the room they go as long as it is somewhere other than their desks! I think their favorite tape was The Cricket in Times Square. It was so funny when I would hear the listening center students laugh suddenly because Chester Cricket was singing!

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poetry center
Posted by:PEPteach #135071

My kids LOVE the poetry center. I copy poems onto an overhead transparency and they practice reading them on the overhead. I have them read using expression strips to make it fun. Sometimes they mark patterns they see with overhead markers. I use any poems, but I really like the Scholastic Perfect Poems book because the poems are specifically designed for building fluency. My kids love using the overhead, too. ;-)

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expression strips
Posted by:PEPteach #135072

Expression strips are index cards that have a certain "expression" on them. The student chooses one and has to read with the expression on the card. So one card might say "a squeaky mouse voice" and the student has to read in that voice. I know another one is a giant voice, a fairy voice...there's some more exciting ones but I forgot what they are! It gets the older kids excited about building fluency and reading aloud.

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Petunia Spelling fun and center
Posted by:hescollin #135073

1. Choo-Choo Words-Write your spelling list end-to-end as one long word, using a different color for different words. Make your "train" wind around like a railroad track!
2. Make Your Own Sentence--Build your own sentence using each word.
For example: artist-All raccoons touch incredibly soggy things.

4. Questions--Write questions with the spelling words as your answers.

circular spelling bee. Students stand in a large circle. I call out a word. The person you designate to start, says the word and the first letter. The person to the right says the second letter, next person to the right says the next letter, so on, until the word is finished. The student that says the last letter also says the word again. Then I call out the next word. If we are just learning words, I let everyone stay in the circle if they miss a letter,...

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