Sunday, September 27, 2015

Centers: Week 4 in Kindergarten

We are starting centers this week in my school.  We don't start until after Labor Day, so we are only on Week 4.  Our kindergarten teachers have worked hard this week to prepare their students for a rotation of 10 centers over 5 days.

The class is divided into 5 groups.  Each group will have 2 centers a day to complete.

The Schedule

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Group 1

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

Listening Center is a center that will build as the month progresses.  This book has been shared in the classroom, so this is a second listen.  After listening quietly, students will get a folded sheet of manila paper and create the cover of their booklet.  They will write the title and illustrate their cover.  For a full explanation of listening centers, click the link to a post at Adventures in Literacy Land.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

Students need lots and lots and LOTS of practice with word wall words, writing sentences, and reading predictable text.  This writing activity combines all 3.  After the Listening Centers, students will progress to the Writing Center.  Here they will use a copy of Elkonin box predictable text and a reduced by 50% sound chart to create repetitive sentences.  These sentences can be easily "read" by even the most novice of readers.  This center will remain for the next few weeks.  Each week a new predictable sentence containing newly introduced word wall words will be substituted in the center.  

Group 2

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

At the ABC Center, students will get a back of letter tiles and a sound chard.  Students will use the sound chart to match tiles containing capital/uppercase letters.  This activity will be repeated next week using lowercase letters and the following week using both capital/uppercase and lowercase.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

The Rhyming Center will last a few weeks.  Using the rhyme puzzles in the picture above, the teacher has put 3 sets of rhyming puzzles in a Ziploc(R) bag.  Students will take a bag and a paper.  Students will put the puzzles together (which does not show if they can rhyme), and choose one pair to write and illustrate. 

Group 3

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

Our students only have a half-day of school.  In an event to provide practice time for math, science, and social studies, these centers are added to the center rotations.  The math objective for the nexe few weeks in sorting.  This week students will have a Ziploc (R) bag of attribute blocks and a manila paper divided into three colors on a sort mat.  Next week, students will be given new mats with size sorting columns and the following week, the mat will be divided by size.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

As a great companion to the Math Center, the Word Wall Word will be a dice game.  Students will roll the dice and write the word wall word a rectangle on the corresponding column.  Students will continue to roll and write until a column is full.

Group 4

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

The Art Center is still a viable center, even in the times of test, test, test.  We make the art relate to the Shared Reading from the previous week.  Students will construct a bus witht the shapes provided and affix a copy of the poem to the art work.  They are asked to read the poem to a friend and to the teacher, teacher assistant, or parent volunteer.  This center is consistently related to the Shared Reading the week before.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

The Poetry Center is a companion center to the Art Center.   We have all the centers copied in a Poetry Folder.  Students will find the poem of the week, circle the word wall words (from a model at first) and color the words yellow.  They will illustrate the poem.  Finally, they will read the poem to a friend first, then the teacher, teacher assistant, or parent volunteer.

Group 5

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

The Science/Social Studies Center is always related to the lessons from the week before.  Students have been discussing their 5 senses.  This week in the center, students will make a flip book to match the body part associated with the sense and an object that can demonstrate this sense.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

Students will work cooperatively to create floor puzzles.  Social skills, cooperative skills, and part-to-whole skills are demonstrated and practiced.

That's it.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

For a sample of some of these center plans, CLICK HERE.


Check back to see how it went and what future plans are.  Have a great week.

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