1.Literature Circle: A group of students read together from
our reading series stories from the anthologies we have finished.
After a while they begin to have discussions about the story
and I do writing after....beginning middle end, circular story,
steps in a process etc.(as a group on big chart paper...these
come out really neat!)This is sorta my way of getting around
using an anthology!
2. Browsing Box Each: Guided reading group takes the books
read during group and puts them into a browsing box they can
look at the books as a group. It is really good because they
are dealing with familiar text. Each day three students choose
book to read from their browsing box to share with the entire
class. The velcro books are also in these boxes. THIS IS WHERE
THEY DO READERS WORKSHOP...
3. Independent Reading Children: can choose from our class
library, they complete a book review which is kept in a three
ring binder in our library for others to look at.
4. Buddy or Paired Reading: I have a box of two copies of
books at all levels they read with a partner, this can be
familiar or unfamiliar texts.Then they work with their buddy
to draw or write about their favorite part.
5. Writing Folder: This is where the children make books
stories that they will share during group. Someone told me
that kids are more likely to write stories if given a book
format to write in...it really does work, so in the box with
their folders I have about 15 different blank books. They
can publish them on the computer(in the beginning of the year
I type them)
6. Journal Writing: Can be a teacher directed topic if you
7. Pocket Char: I have an activity they work on. For example
this week I have the big book The Big Red Barn (we are studying
farms) I have the directions on sentence strips they have
to choose a farm picture, write at least 2 sentences about
it. and draw a picture. This is good for your themes.
8.Phonics Center Phonics: Based literature, games, phonics
desk etc.I also found a great book that has activities for
the 5 levels of phonemic awareness, I copied these and have
them in an index card box.
9. Handwriting Center: I usually have a frame with blanks.
have laminated alphabet cards for my lower kids to practice.They
can also use wikki sticks, pipe cleaners etc. to make letters.
10. Overhead: I put cloze paragraphs on there a lot(kids
love working on the overhead) I also let the kids map out
their stories on the overhead, stories they have read or will
be writng.This is also where my kids start to develop their
use of graphic organizers, I make overheads of plot graphs,
venns etc. and have the children do them for a story they
11. Sight Word Center: (which may change to vocabulary center
depending on your students) They can make the sight words
with rubber stamps, magnetic letters and I have letters written
on all sorts of shapes(shells for June l) I use this to reinforce
letter and word manipulation. Plus it works great to help
them learn the sight words! YOU COULD USE YOUR SPELLING WORDS...
12. Poetry Box: I have poems that are laminated, and another
set that are the words cut apart. The kids put the words together
and glue them and illustrate it. I also have their poetry
laminated and poetry books, rhyme games etc. My kids keep
a three ring binder of poems in there are poems we have done
in class, and original works. I also put all the poems we
did in group there the kids use pointers and can stick wikki
sticks or highlighting removable tape over words.
13. Listening: This is always followed up by a writing activity.
14. Drama Center: I just have some scarves. The kids write
their own plays and perform them. I usually will allow a group
present one play per month to the entire class.
15. Big Books: The kids use pointers etc to read the books.
I sometimes put a post it outside a book a want them to read.
I might put a post it that says circle all the Days of the
week in this story. So they use pipe cleaners or wikki sticks
to do that, and might write them etc.
16. Computers: I usually have a living book or ed Cd rom.
They have a log to record what cd they did and three things
new they learned
17 Stamp a Story: Kids use rubber stamps(I have tons) to
make a picture, and write a logical story to go with it.
18. Build a Sentence: Kids choose sentence parts out of a
bag they put them together to make a silly sentence which
is copied onto a sentence strip and illustrated)
19. Deal a Story: I have cards I purchased that allow kids
to choose one of each color to write a story about...my kids