Planning and Designing Literacy Centers for Grades K-1

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Planning and Designing Literacy Centers for Grades K-1. Objectives. Evaluations Quiz Review principles of effective l iteracy c enters in Grades K-1 Apply these principles to design a set of literacy centers . Important Considerations.
Planning and Designing Literacy Centers forGrades K-1 Objectives
  • Evaluations
  • Quiz
  • Review principles of effective literacy centers in Grades K-1
  • Apply these principles to design a set of literacy centers
  • Important Considerations
  • Teach children to use the center independently (set up for success: rules, directions, folders to organize, use, and hand in their work)
  • Focused purpose
  • Explanation related to the purpose
  • Role playing
  • Direct application
  • Center Management(Work Boards) Important Considerations
  • Centers should advance children’s knowledge of literacy and require to interact with print (not just be cutesy busywork)
  • Repeated practice - Word Work
  • Comprehension/Retelling
  • Personal response - Fluency - Small group, partners, independent?
  • Important Considerations
  • Centers should link to curriculum/district expectations (standards, etc.)
  • Collaborate with other teachers
  • Over time, create coded lists that maps folders and activities onto these expectations
  • Important Considerations
  • Centers should build on what we know about personal engagement
  • Possibility of success
  • Perception that the outcome will be valued
  • How can you incorporate these principles into your center?
  • What about differentiating levels of support?
  • Important Considerations
  • Differentiating levels of support (How modify the same task for different readers?)
  • Word Family Activities (bug)
  • Level 1: Word families with initial consonant substitution (rug, mug, tug, hug)
  • Level 2: Word families with adding endings to root word (bugs, bugged, bugging, buggy)
  • Level 3: Semantic map with bug in the middle to create meaning-based connections (bother, spy, insect)
  • Important Considerations
  • Strive for independence and built-in accountability
  • Manage work flow and student products (worksheets, audio, journals, checklist, performance, stickies/highlights)
  • Self-checking systems (on back, on outside of pocket folder, partners check with teacher’s book or answer key)
  • Center Cards
  • Ford & Optiz Center Ideas
  • Listening Post (intensify time over year)
  • Reader’s Theatre (sequence routines)
  • Reading/writing the room (clipboards and scrap paper)
  • Pocket Charts (sentences > phrases > words)
  • Poems/Story packs (sequence > color code)
  • Big Books (highlight, discuss, re-read)
  • Creative art response (no need for cut outs)
  • Free writing (with prompts and visual supports)
  • Reading Corner (clear expectations)
  • Today’s Activity Keyboarding Skills! Portable Word Walls
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