I’ve been getting tons of questions about literacy centers lately, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all what we do!
First of all, our students are half day, so we only get to teach them for about 3 hours a day! Fitting it all in is tough, but we sure do get a lot done! We do literacy centers for the first 30 minutes of the day. This is when I pull my intervention group and the rest of the class chooses what they want to do. Two students go to the listening center each morning, and two get to paint at the art center. The rest of the students choose what they want to do.

Here’s a look at some of our literacy centers:

Handwriting Center:
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{These pages come from my A-Z Practice Pages}

 Each week we focus on a letter so I just change the alphabet practice page inside the write & wipe pocket. I found these in the Target dollar spot a few summers ago, but they also sell them at Lakeshore. My students love the novelty of practicing their letters and then erasing them. They will do it over and over and over again 😉
Word Work Center:

 We’ve been using Caitlin Clabby’s magnetic word mats! They love using the little magnetic letters to match letters and find beginning sounds.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Math-and-Literacy-Centers-Bundled-865759

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  {these activities are from my Fall Math and Literacy Centers pack}
Writing Center:
We are starting to use our high-frequency words to build sentences. I introduced this center as a whole group first so that everyone understood what to do.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Cards-for-the-Year-bundle-pack-1299742

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Then they completed the recording pages independently.
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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Cards-for-the-Year-bundle-pack-1299742
{this activity is from my word cards pack}
Read to Self:

We use handmade “whisper phones” and these awesome Vocabulary Builder Books from Lakeshore.
Listening Center:
We have a seasonal books on tape for our students to listen to. They love this center! {even if they have no idea what the word “rewind” means LOL}
Our reading groups run 3 days a week for an hour and our students rotate through three groups. One group always works with the teacher, one works with our assistant and one group is independent or works with a parent if we are lucky enough to have a volunteer! I put a center at the rotation with our aide and parent volunteer/independent table for the kids to work on when they finish their “must do”. It is definitely busy, but it works for us!

Reading Groups:

 I always pull a small group with me and we work on reading sight words, decoding, fluency and accuracy. This is where we also work on Elkonin, word chains and guided writing.

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sight-Word-Writing-Practice-BUNDLE-Pack-348849
{this writing activity comes from my Sight Word Practice pack}
Sight Word Center:

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sight-Word-Writing-Practice-BUNDLE-Pack-348849
{these activities also come from my Sight Word Practice}


Play-doh center:

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Learn-our-Letters-play-dough-mats-934063
 {this activity comes from my Let’s Learn our Letters pack} 
My class love, love, loves the play-doh center. It may or may not have to do with the fact that I had the play-doh out taunting them before I let them use it 😉 They use the play-doh to form our letters and then practice writing them with the dry-erase marker. Soon we will practice spelling CVC words and our sight words with play-doh!

Along with my general centers, I have a ton of seasonal centers that I love to use in my classroom! The kids are just so much more engaged when you change it up a little! It is a lot of work to prep everything monthly, but it’s TOTALLY worth it!
I have centers up in my shop for every month! You can find all of them in a money saving bundle {here}!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Literacy-Centers-for-the-Year-MEGA-bundle-1204300
I hope this was helpful and gave you some ideas!
Have more questions? Leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer them!

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