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Old 09-28-2017, 05:23 AM
 
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Hello, Fourth Grade Teachers!

I am a first-grade teacher getting my reading specialist certification at the moment. I am required to facilitate a teacher study group right now, and the group's focus is finding more authentic teaching strategies and assessments while still being required by our district to use the basal. I had a fourth-grade teacher request that I model for our group what a day's worth of centers in fourth grade might look like for ELA. It is EASY to create centers on a first-grade level, but I think fourth-grade centers are much harder to create. Surely, independent reading is a solid activity, but I am wondering what else you would suggest that might address vocabulary, spelling, writing, fluency, or word work? Thanks for sharing what you do in your classroom for centers/independent work!


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Read silently (students may sit anywhere in the classroom)

Word Work or vocabulary activity (sit at desks)

Reading in small groups to practice a reader's theater and develop fluency. These would be presented for a fluency grade after a few days of practice. I will attach the rubric. Or, you could have them practice a poem independently or in pairs. They will get tired of reading it over and over so they could read it to their partner as if they are a cartoon character, an old person, a baby or toddler, a lion....( on the rug or another area away from the desks)

Write about what you read. Reading response - restate the plot, how did the character change, tell why you liked or disliked the story you read, write about the conflict and resolution of the story, make a self to text connection with the story...... (sit at desks)



http://www.thebestclass.org/rtscripts.html

Here is a great website with tons of reader's theater scripts.
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As a former special education teacher, I used independent work centers all the time to help reinforce what students had learned. I relied heavily on the iPad because it not only kept students engaged, but one could be easily shared by a group of four students max. Here are some things you might like to try:

1) For creative writing: Capture and loop a video cllp showing a simple scene (e.g. waves splashing onto a beach) and use it as a writing prompt - they can use who, what when, where, why to write sentences or a paragraph.

2) For developing fluency: Download a teleprompter app, type some sentences that you have been teaching (grammar or vocabulary). Set the teleprompter at an appropriate speed with ample space between sentences. Have the group do Round-Robin reading, one sentence per student. Fun repetitive practice!

3) For spelling and grammar practice: Using Keynote, download animations that relate to what students have learned. For example - the different verb tenses of kick - find an animation of a man kicking a soccer ball. I had my students learn to write a response to the animation shown on the iPad accompanied by the question: What is the man doing now? In this center, the students were to copy the question and write a response. (Now the man is kicking a soccer ball.) The next slide would show the same familiar animation, but with a different trigger question prompting the use of a different verb tense (e.g. What will the man be doing later?) Students would again be required to copy the question and write their response (Later the man will be kicking a soccer ball.
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Do you know what HyperDocs are? I just learned about them in June and found this wonderful website where people share ones they've made (you can make a copy and modify it any way you wish) and also templates so you can create your own. It's www.hyperdocs.co

I did make one myself for The Tiger Rising mentor text we're using and I'm willing to share it with you if you have Google Drive. Message me your email address and I'll allow you to view it. HyperDocs are super cool!! Would be great as a centers activity.
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