TV News Broadcaster
Use with any informational text or literature. Essay Checker Students will summarize the text you provide (your weekly story, novel, or integrate science or social studies text). Students use speaking and listening skills to present a newscaster’s summary of the text. Cover technology benchmarks by assigning a student created video if technology is available. Fiction and informational text examples are provided on the student instructions. Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent.
Fiction Cootie Catchers
Students will ask and answer questions how to scan your essay for plagiarism on the grade level appropriate text you provide. Use with any informational text or literature (your weekly story or integrate science or social studies text). Teacher prep: none, students will trim and fold paper
Reading Checkers: Fiction
Students will ask and answer questions on the grade level appropriate text you provide. Use with any informational text or literature (your weekly story or integrate science or social studies text). Teacher prep: provide game board and 6 2-colored counters per player (or 2-color tokens).
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Students will write the main idea and details of any text you provide. Teacher prep: print one page per student.
Missing Person Poster with character trait pages (seat work)
Students will create a poster using their knowledge of the character from any story. Includes character trait lists. Teacher Prep: print 1 poster per child and supply character trait reference pages.
FLUENCY, VOCABULARY, PHONICS/SPELLING
Fishing for Fluency
Students will build word recognition using your sight word or high frequency word cards. Provide two sets and students will play Go Fish! (time-saver: use student created in center #29 & 30). Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent, provide your word cards or student created cards from center #29 & 30.
One student orally describes the meaning of a vocabulary word. The rest of the group uses listening skills and attempt to guess the word. Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent, provide word list or word cards.
Students create the definition using letters within the word. Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent, provide word list or word cards
Students draw the word, write definition and sentence on index card. These cards may also be used as word cards for the Vocabulary Password game (#22) and Picture It! (#26). Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent, provide index cards and word list.
Surf the Vocabulary
Students spin the board to describe the word as instructed (synonym, antonym, use in sentence, act it out silently). Teacher prep: provide word list and clear spinner (or pencil and paper clip).
Picture it! Vocabulary
One student draws the word and the group will guess the word. Correct student gets a token. Teacher prep: provide tokens, whiteboard, marker, and word list (or cards from Vivid Vocabulary #24).
Be the Teacher!
Students give each other a spelling quiz with your word list or word cards. Students will grade their work. Grading chart is on the instruction page. Teacher prep: fold instruction page into a table tent, provide paper for quiz, and word list (or cards from center 29/30).
Text a Spelling Word
Students quiz each other with your word list. Students “text” words on smart phone with dry erase markers. Teacher prep: place smart phone pages in sheet protectors, provide dry erase markers and word list or word cards from center 29/30.
Rainbow Words / Silly Letters
Assign this center on Monday and students will have their own personal set of word cards to use in other spelling centers throughout the week! Teacher prep: cut instruction page in half, provide word list, index cards, and crayons.
ABC Order / Phonics Pattern Sort
Students practice alphabetical order or create a tree map for phonics pattern sorting. Use pencil and paper or student word cards created in center 28/29 for hands-on manipulation). Teacher prep: cut instruction page in half, provide paper and word list (or provide student created cards from centers 28 & 29).
Each correctly spelled word is a base hit. Student instructions are provided on the game board. Teacher prep: place game board in sheet protector, provide tokens, dry erase markers and word list (or use word cards from centers 28 & 29).