Friday, July 27, 2012

New Literacy Centers

Wednesday I presented at the Northeast Alabama Early Childhood Conference. I had so much fun and got to meet the fabulous Kim Adsit.
I presented my Literacy Center Ideas. I created a few new ones that I thought I'd share with y'all today.

I just love this clipart! In this activity, the student or students will pick a PBJ sandwich from the sandwich container and color in one box under the appropriate column. There are 6 copies of all 10 sight words. 
 Click the pic to get PB&J Time Sight Word Center

Cupcake Word Families
I found this gift bag at the Dollar Tree and thought it was perfect for this center. The cupcake accent pieces are from Trend. I typed short vowel words on the back of each cupcake. Two for each word family. Students have to match the two cupcakes that belong in the same word family and record it on the recording sheet. Recording sheet can be found here.

Short U Word Hunt
You can't really tell in this pic, but under the orange cards is a camo pencil holder that I found at the Dollar Tree. It makes the perfect holder for these word cards.  This center can be found here

Click the pic to get Short 'u' Word Hunt

Another Dollar Tree find! I used these little die cut frogs for short 'o' words. I put an Illustrate the Word recording sheet at this center. The recording sheet can be found here.

King or Queen of the Word
The headbands are from the Mari Gras section at the Dollar Tree. This center includes 50 cards like the one shown in the left. It reinforces both rhyming and initial sounds. You can get this center here.

Flip a Chip
When I found this old poker set laying around, I knew I could use it for a new center! I put words on each poker chip. Students will flip each chip to find a certain type of words like short 'a' word, or short 'u' which is used as the example in the picture. Students will write each word that they find on a post it and place it on the paper. 

Y'all know how much I love to use these colorful trays for things in my classroom. These make perfect centers for Sequence and Plot! I usually have strips of paper that have parts from the story and the kids will sort the strips into the correct holder.

Dollar Tree find! This makes the perfect spinner that you could do so much with!

 Real or Nonsense
These pencils were found in the 88 cents section of the Back to School items at Wal Mart. Have y'all seen this section?? It has got some fabulous stuff! Recording sheet for this activity can be found here.

Another 88 cents Wal Mart find! I am using these to match rhyming words.

I've shared with y'all how much of a hit SWAT is in my classroom. I found these new fly swatters at Wal Mart and decided to make a new version of the game using sight words. You can find this center here.


  1. I absolutely love these ideas! So creative...thanks for sharing! :-)


  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!

  3. Love the Peanut Butter and Jelly clip art. Thank you for sharing. They are all amazing.
    Primary Paradise

  4. So much fun! The kiddos love when things have a cute name or design. That way it feels more like a game! Thanks for sharing!

    Keep Calm and Apple On

  5. Love all the cute literacy center ideas, definitely going to use some of these later in the year for my kinders, I may even use one of the cute Dollar finds to make a center that popped into my head as I read this post. (I love it when that happens!)
    Gave your blog an award come by and pick it up when you get a chance.

    - Vicky

  6. So cute!! Wish I couldve seen your presentation!

  7. I love all of the new centers. I attended your first session at the conference on Wednesday! Everything was so useful and fun! I cannot wait to start using your strategies and idea in my classroom!! Thanks so much!!

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful! :)

  8. Loving all these ideas! So cute and affordable :)

  9. Great ideas... I really love the sequencing center!

    Tai Patrice

  10. Shut the front door! That peanut butter & jelly clip art is precious!

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  11. Love these ideas! And the Wal-mart "teachers" section... my goodness - I was so excited when I walked in and saw that last week!

    Coffee for the Teacher

  12. These are amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I'm confused... why would you use those particular fonts with first graders. Is a lowercase "g" the same height as a lowercase "a"? How is that supposed to help them write letters the correct way?