I taught third grade last year and was the only third grade teacher to use centers, but I can't imagine not using them! For one of my centers I used Evan-More's "Take it to your seat literacy centers" They were great and never repetative since I bought 3 titles. Well worth the investment, and fun to make (if you like cutting) Good luck!
Also, I have a Spelling center to practice words on whiteboards, a poetry center where they buddy read and write poetry and copy it in their journals, drama center for Readers'Theatre practice, a Listening Center, and a Writing Center to write stories.
there's a book called "literacy work stations" by debbie diller. it's great. it is actually written more on a 1-2 level....but all of the stations could be incorporated into 3rd grade....you would just bump them up a little bit.
I saw your message posted about literacy centers. I am brand new in Third Grade, and trying to think of the best effective ways to teach reading....and I can't help but think that literacy centers are the way to go. I think it will take quite a bit of planning and work to set them up, but I believe the effort will be well worth it. Could you please offer some advice, and let me in on what worked for you?
I am a new Third Grade Teacher in desparate need of Literacy centers. I found your post, and saved the Center Ideas to a disk, but for some reason, my printer will not print them. Could you please mail them as an attachment? One thousand thank you's!!!!!!!!!
I FOUND your wonderful web site. I love how the centers were print ready. I taught Sp. Ed last year and this is my first time to teach 3d grade and really needed centers to help while I do reading groups. You are a real likfe saver!!! Thank you.
I've used this website numerous times and am grateful for their link!
Select the grade level and the activities are broken into the reading domains.
Hi! When I click on the site to view the classroom I only get a page that says the teacher's name and a scrolling message about reading. How do I get into to see the centers? There is not a teacher's link on the right side of the homepage.
Thanks! Could anyone send me the information if they were able to download it?
imafostermom, I loved the task cards that you posted!!! I teach 3rd grade but they can be easily tweaked. You're ideas are cute but purposeful. I'm just wondering if you have any more. If so, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
tbswilson, I think that your site is wonderful...I don't know where you find the time. I just barely find time to eat. I wanted to let you know about something we do at my school with pictures. We ask the students 1 very important questions that can be used with pictures and literature:
1. What do you think? (is happening in the picture)
2. Prove It! (during this step, the students tell you WHY they made the guess in the previous question using only what they can see and connections they can make from the picture to their own lives and experiences.
It has been very effective in teaching the students how to answer questions about passages...it has taught them to stay on task and focus only on what is given, not what could or should.
It also makes for a wonderful center. I take old calendar and magazine pictures and place them in a folder along with paper and tape. The students select a picture, tape it to their paper and tell me what they think and why. I often model this as a quick lesson first. It's very easy to see who understands the concept and is ready to apply this technique to literature and who needs some one on one. It is also a wonderful way to get some quick feedback. Just a thought.
I was so anxious to see your post. I am new to the site. I tried getting to your website and opening other attached files. Hopefully I will figure out how to do it soon. Can I access your site from outside of proteacher?
Thank you so much for posting such detailed centers. I'm preparing for my first year of teaching and your site really helped me get some things ready. All of your centers look so neat and inviting I can't wait to put them together! Great job and thanks again!
I use many different centers in my 3rd grade class. I don't keep all the same stations each week. I have a silent reading corner, Computer station (we use the harcourt website that goes with our reading book), a writing center where students can respond to the story we are reading in class or I have prompts for them to choose from, a poetry station where they read, and reread poems for fluency. They can illustrate their mental images and share their poems with the class. I also do a skill center where students can practice the skill we have been working on (ex. main idea, antonym matching, fact and opinion sort, etc).I also do a content station to help integrate science and social studies vocabulary into reading time. I pull books about our science or ss unit for students to buddy read. After they read, they respond in their journal telling facts that they learned or summarizing what they read. This way they are reading, working on vocabulary, as well as comprehension, but it fits more science and ss into the day!
Thank you so much for all of the center ideas. This is my first year teaching third grade (kindergarten is my specialty) and I was having a challenge with thinking of additional centers. I will definitely put many of these ideas to use and they also sparked my thinking to create similar centers. Providing the print outs was even better! You are truly a big help!
I cannot find a site for the literacy centers and I really need some great ideas!! I am a first year teacher and we are doing a readers/writers workshop. I really need help I have never done anything like this before.
SUPERB! Thank you so much! My students were not getting proper nouns and I was able to edit the cards to reflect our community and words they could associate with...
The prefix and suffix activities were also great!
I really need to get to your Spooky Stories literacy center activity and can not get the website to load. Can you repost your latest link to your wonderful site? I really appreciate all your great ideas and effort!
I know you took down the website, but I loved your centers. I just signed up for a Pro-Teacher account and was wondering if I might find you here. Is there any way to get to those centers (such as A Word's Worth, Spooky Stories)? I'm just learning how to navigate this website and would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!