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** Need ideas for centers**
Language Arts Centers
My first bit of advice is SEARCH the WEB!! There are so many fabulous teachers out there that have AMAZING websites with tons of links and printables!!! Many of my most favorite center ideas have come from these wise friends out there.
Library - Make your library center FUN!!! Have lots of comfy pillows, little pointers...I just dipped chopsticks in glitter and you have your own fancy little pointers. Make sure your books are in bins and LABELED properly. TRAIN your students well so they can keep everything organized.
File Folders Center - ** See pictures below of this center ** Collect or make your own file folder centers, I have also gotten some great ones from http://www.ebay.com . I make sure to have file folder games that reinforce the state standard for my grade level. That way I know they are getting extra doses of that particular skill and it is more meaningful time for them.
Scoop and Spell ** See pictures below of this center**- This is one of my students favorite centers and it comes to us from staffweb.peoriaud.k12.az.us/Teresa_Wilson/Scoop%20and%20Spell%20-%20directions.pdf - . My kids love this center and to make it more fun I got buckets from Baskin Robbins and real ice cream scoops to store it all in.
Sight Word Bowling - ** See pictures below of this center **This center is one of the fav's also...I purchased a teeny tiny bowling set from the dollar store. On the bowling pins with a sharpie I wrote sight words and they roll their tiny ball to hit the pins. They have to read and record the pins that fall. I have several bags of these and to make it more challenging I have them use the words in a sentence as well.
Skill Wheels - ** See pictures below of this center ** This activity includes wheels that I downloaded from carl's corner as well as wheels that I have purchased from the teacher store. It reinforces blends, digraphs,etc.
Puzzles - These are fun, I have collected several puzzles over the years. The ones I use aren't necessarily puzzles as much as they are skill based activities. There are antonym puzzles, rhyming ones, synonyms, etc.
Word Detective Task Card Center - ** See pictures of this center** This center has a huge stack of task cards ( which I do have as an attachment at the bottom of this page ). Also to make it fun I shaped pipe cleaners into the shape of magnifying glasses. Children must complete the task(s) on the cards and can use the magnifying glasses for fun. i.e. Look for long e words in a book and record them.
Syllable Center - ** See pictures below of this center** This center includes words and pictures that the kids must read and decide how many syllables are in the words. Included are Syllable rules as there are so many different rules for syllabication. Also garden gloves so when they clap them out it's not too loud.
I Spy - ** See pictures below of this center**This center is another big favorite...I have taken old water bottles and orange juices bottles and filled them with popcorn, rice or salt. Inside them I have cut up stars with sight words on them. They must shake the bottles to find the words and then record them on a sheet or write them in sentences. The kids love this one but sometimes I make them do it in the hallway...it can get noisy.
Read/Write the Room - ** See pictures below of this center**Many of you use this center and make it unique to your own room which I love. In my center we have crazy, oversized sunglasses shaped like stars, hearts, etc. We also have funky reading glasses where I have punched the lenses out. We have plenty of pointers, all sizes and shapes.
***Ideas for pointers:***
Fly swatters with hole cut out in it
teacher store pointers
dowels with stuffed glove on end with finger pointing out with ribbon
large bubbles wand
For the read/write the room I make sure they have a clipboard and actually write things down as they read them. Sometimes I have them look just for short a words, 2 syllable words, etc.
Compound word fun - This center includes file folder games, compound word match game, wrap ups of compound words, compound word puzzle matches, etc.
Mini - Pages - Another kid favorite, all you need is the newspaper for this one. I have spent years collecting mini pages from the newspaper and have laminated them. The kids use vis a vis markers and after reading the paper they can do the dot to dots, word puzzles, cross words, hidden pictures, etc. I have created a worksheet that goes along with this center that I can attach later.
Never Ending Story and Writer's Workshop Collections
Thanks to Christina Bainbridge, I have implemented the Never Ending Story in my classroom this year. I have a very large 3 ring binder that I have started a story in, as children choose to in their free time or duirng their library time they can add to the pages. It 's fun to see how the story is coming along over the last 2 months. We will keep it going all year. I also have a Writer's Workshop folder, if children choose to donate their writer's workshop stories to me I include it in the book. While children are at library time they can choose to read what their friends wrote in this book. Basically it's a collection of the stories my students have written. They love to read the stories their friends have written.
Rainbow Spelling - * See pictures below of this center* Students roll the large die. Then they use the created center page to rainbow write their spelling words that many times.
Keyboard Spelling Center - * see pictures below of this center*
This center is fun for the kids - although there's not as much accountability, so you may want a parent helper or have them close by you. I have laminated keyboard pages and real keyboards. The kids take out their spelling list and type their words one at a time. They think it's cool to look for the letters. It also helps them get use to keyboarding for computer lab.
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