Thursday, August 26, 2010
Getting Started with Literacy Centers in K-2
Have students work in small groups or teams at tables or a specified place on the floor doing activities they can manage with little direction from you.
• Plan a variety of engaging small group activities: puzzles, manipulatives, clay, coloring books, Legos, blocks, or simple art projects. Put each activity into a separate tub and give one to each group.
• Set the timer for 10 minutes.
• Observe the teams and see how they interact with each other. Try not to interact with them at this time.
• When the timer goes off, clean up and bring students together to a gathering place. Praise them for working together and solving problems.
Each day of week 1, redistribute the tubs so that teams can practice working together on a different activity.
Week 2: Begin Teaching Literacy Centers
Week 3: Expand Time and Teach Another Center
On each consecutive day, teach another group the NEW Literacy Center and allow another group to PRACTICE the familiar center while everyone else works with tubs.
• Be sure students know WHEN it IS appropriate to interrupt: i.e., fire, blood, someone is sick, etc.
At the end of each session remember to gather together and discuss what went well and what needs work.