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Well, after many years of teaching reading, I have to incorporate centers and differentiated assignments for my 5th grade reading classes which I only see for 47 minutes a day. I'm a real beginner with centers and need all the help I can get. I'm a little overwhelmed and don't know how to actually delve in and get started. We use the Harcourt Treasures basal 2011 edition. Any help you can give would be appreciated?


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I don't know how you can effectively teach from Treasures and do centers in only 47 minutes! I have a 90 minute block and can barely fit in what I need to. How many students do you have at a time?
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I am not sure if this would work for your centers, but fcrr.org (maybe com don't remember) has many ready made activities. I use them for introducing or reteaching topics.
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Is it strictly for reading? No grammar, writing, spelling, etc.?
If so, try making 2 daily centers..1 could be working with words (vocabulary activities related to reading) and reading to self and responding (journals), you could make a 3rd center for reading skills from the Florida site if you have to, or you could be the third center while you work with a group of students.

Then try this wiki

http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/Choice+Boards

and you'll find some resources to help you differentiate. Pick and choose what activities will be acceptable. You can change some of the activities to meet the more rigorous common core standards if you are using them. It is at least a place to start to show you are trying to "differentiate".

Make it simple for yourself to manage, you don't have much time, 47 min. sheesh....you can't do much more than 2 twenty min. centers a day.
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Thank you for the wikispace ideas, I am always looking to mix it up in my classroom.


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I only see my students for 50 min rotations and am still deciding what will work best for my centers. Right now I am doing monday whole group only. Introduce new vocab, skill, etc. Tuesday & Thursday-2 center rotations and maybe review skills/read a chapter from novel (something short) wednesday-whole group and Friday vocab/skill quiz and then 1 center. We were told by our district to use our basal or old curriculum during small groups and to use our common core tasks during whole group.

My centers are usually: Fluency, computer, word work (vocabulary), comprehension, teacher. so far we have done the following activities in these centers, I am trying to come up with some better activities and have also downloaded lots of stuff from the fcrr.org website!
*In Fluency we have books on cd and timed leveled readers.
*Computer they are using the coachconnected.com website. I am going to start having them take some AR tests once its all set up (my school is still in the process of hiring a new media specialist) and I found a neat website aligned with common core www.scootpad.com they will start using as well.
*comprehension- partner reading, leveled readers and story maps/questions
*Word work-vocabulary memory games, word webs for some of their vocab words.
Now keep in mind I only teach reading so my students also get 50 mins of writing/language arts from another teacher during the day.
*Teacher- work on reading genre foldable, idiom review and matching game, minute fluency tests

Good luck!!
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