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Friday, January 25, 2013

January & February Literacy Centers

I am LOVING Daily 5!!
  By January things are running so nicely.
The kids know the routine, they enjoy their work and their progress is evident!
We have all 5 areas up and running... towards the end of December, I began wondering if my students could do more while completing Word Work.
Lory made a decision (not against the Sisters...at all!!!) 
 I decided to push my little ones a bit more during this specific area of Daily 5.
I determined 12 various skills that I wanted my students to practice daily and then created activities and an independent assignment they could complete in 15 minutes (during Word Work).  The 12 skills I decided with are:
compound words
ABC Order
I purchased 12 storage boxes at Walmart (about 7x9) just the right size.
I place a skill activity inside each box and labeled it.
To save paper, I created the independent assignments into a booklet form.  This "book"let stays in their book box.  When they choose this particular Daily 5, they complete the activity and then pull out their booklet to complete.  If time permits they can redo the activity or read a book from their book box. 15 mintues has been about perfect!  A couple kids didn't finish their booklet assignment and so the next day, they picked the same box.  They were much quicker completing the hands on activity... so they were able to complete the booklet the 2nd day.  I felt okay with that.  We've been working on the centers since Christmas break and we have really enjoyed them.  I must admit, I thought they  might grumbled that they missed the fuzzy balls, stamps, stickers, wiki sticks, etc.  Not one student said ANYTHING like that!!  They have really enjoyed them and I feel relieved that they are getting a bit more practice with these skills.
I'd love to hear what your Word Work looks like 1/2 way through the year.


Literacy Without Worksheets said...

I love your activities. They are super organized! For word work, many of the teacher's are using ideas from Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson. Our interventionist uses Recipe for Spelling (my copy is from 1985)and Words Their Way!

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Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Love the organization ideas!

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

I forgot to ask my question. Do you change out activities each month? How long do you give them to complete the activities?
Thanks for sharing this!

Unknown said...

Thanks. I am working on ABC order this week.. let's see if I am able to incorporate some ideas...

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Mrs. Cockrell said...

Wow, those look great, and I love how you organized them. I have added your pack to my Wish List and hope to come back and buy it soon!

I still allow my students to work on their Spelling words/patterns in Word Work, but I also have a lot of grammar activities they can do (Take it to your seat games, centers, etc). I need to pull those out and reintroduce them, though.

One of their favorites is Tic-Tac-Toe activities for different parts of speech, like Nouns, Verbs, etc. I believe I bought them on Teachers Clubhouse a few years ago.

Thanks for sharing!

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