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morning centers
Old 06-23-2008, 11:59 AM

I found that I was always struggling to get students to complete morning work, and I struggled with accountability because I never had time to check it.

Students come in anytime between 8:30-8:50, and our announcements come on at 9:00, so that is a lot of time. So I started doing morning centers. Students come in, get ready for the day, and go to their morning center. (I post the routine of everything they need to do before going to their centers). Then I go around and check their homework while they are at their centers.

My morning centers were always fun, hands on enrichment activities. Students rotated daily, and I changed out the centers every few weeks. One was always computer where students could choose from any of the bookmarks on the computer. Then I did things like--

Geography Center--explore with maps, globe, US puzzle, flashcards, books
Microscope center--explore with microscopes and slides
Role Playing--basically charades
Magazine Center--I collect the samples that scholastic and weekly reader sends and give them time to read
Drawing--I put out drawing books to practice sequencing
Games like Scrabble Jr., Boggle, UpWords, Chunks
We don't have an art class, so sometimes I set up an art center.
I would also make a center using the books and materials from our science and ss units.

For next year, I'm thinking of doing smart boxes for my centers, which I got the idea for on this website:
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