Saturday, December 8, 2012

Center Overhaul!

It was time for a center overhaul!  Our first grade team meets each week and discusses our concerns.  We were all complaining that our kids are messing around during centers.  Any work we give them turns into a game or a mess.  Nothing is being completed properly and we aren't able to meet with our groups because we are dealing with issues.  I thought it was because my kids get bored easily with the same old centers, but I didn't want to spend half of every center time on Monday explaining new centers.  I wanted to teach them once and then just change the design each month.  I want them to become experts at it.  My brain never shuts off and it was getting tired of thinking about centers.  I hated having to choose centers each week and trying to keep track of whether or not we had already done them.

My kiddos had center maps for literacy stations

However, I was making groups on the spot for math which was once again eating up time every day.
I broke down and made center maps for math as well.  Not nearly as cute, but just as effective.

Then I came up with a master plan.  The basic idea is that this is the plan for every month, the only thing that will change is the theme.  (Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, etc.)
Short and Sweet Explanation:
*P.C. - stands for pocket chart
*Name It - is a game where kiddos have a topic and come up with one word for each letter of the alphabet
*Buzz - sight words are on popsicle sticks and there is one stick with the word "Buzz" on it.  If the kiddo gets the Buzz stick, they have to put all of their sticks back
*Power Towers - Words (or math facts) are on cups and they read/solve them and build a tower
*D.O.L. - sentence correction
*Library - they will choose one book for the whole week and complete the activity that is listed.
*M.F. - stands for math facts, they will sort them or play a game with them
*Technology - either computers or smart board
*Desk - Sight word packet
*Table - small group time with me!

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