Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Reading Centers Bulletin Board

I finished putting up my reading center bulletin board. Here it is!

 My Reading Centers

The two skinny pocket charts on the left will house my vocabulary words and other spelling words for the week. The new common core is focusing on asking an essential question and teaching certain vocabulary words each week or unit. I need a place to put my vocabulary words that we are currently focusing on in a separate place other than my word wall.

I am also still debating whether to take these little pocket charts off and put reading anchor charts there instead. Big decisions, I know ;)

My Reading Center Board:
  • At the beginning of the school year, I teach what each reading center is and how it is supposed to look like and sound like using T-charts displayed next to that center. We practice one or two centers for an entire week and add one or two more the following weeks.
  • The top left card displays the day of the week.
  • I like low maintenance work for me. All I do daily is switch the top headers (group 1, 2, and 3) and the day of the week.
  • Centers stay the same Monday-Thursday (4th grade reading buddies come on Fridays). I only change ALL centers once a week, each Monday. On Thursday, they do the same centers they did on Monday.
  • Each group does 2 center rotations a day. Each center is usually a 10-15 minute rotation.
  • Towards the bottom, under the group 1, 2, and 3 headers, I print off the reading groups and insert there (groups based on reading level), so when it is time for their daily guided reading group, they all leave their reading center and meet with me.
  • I am at the back table with a guided reading group. 
  • My little friends know that they are not allowed to interrupt me when I am doing a reading group unless it is an emergency. I start reading groups a few weeks into the school year, after I've completed reading assessments. Hopefully by then, I have taught the centers thoroughly and they are independent to do them on their own. The anchor charts are up for a few weeks for reminding. When the timer rings and I am in the middle of a reading group, they know that it is time to clean up and switch to their next center.
These are what my centers cards look like. I cut and mounted onto colored card stock and laminated them. 
Reading center cards

Anyone want them? I can try to attach the document that has all the center cards and pictures...still learning how to do that! If anyone can help me out, I would appreciate it!

Thanks for reading,
Joelle

12 comments:

  1. Neat centers. I'm working on my class decor and centers right now.

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    1. Thanks! Setting up your classroom is definitely a lot of work!! Do you have a blog so I can check out the projects you've been working on?

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  2. Hey Joelle! Love your blog! To attach a document, you first need to upload it to your google docs. Then you have to change your settings from private to sharing. It will generate a link that you can embed in your blog. Let me know if you need help with that. :)

    -Natalie

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    1. Awww Natalie! You're so sweet :) I'm a little embarrassed...my little blog is nothing compared to your awesome one ;) thanks for the tip...I'll have to try it out very soon!

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  3. Great blog, I'm your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you have time. Calling Plays in the 2nd grade.

    Shanell

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    1. Thanks Shanell! I will definitely check your blog out! :D

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  4. Hi! I’m one of your newest followers! I nominated you for two awards. Stop by my blog to pick them up!
    Patti
    pattib203@yahoo.com
    Primary Pizzazz

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    1. Awwww Thank you so much Patti! You're so sweet! My very first award nomination...that is so awesome!!! I will definitely head over there right now :)

      Joelle

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  5. Hi Joelle!

    Your cards are adorable! I would be happy to email you step by step directions on how to upload something to Google Docs or you can post it as a *freebie* in your TpT store. It is easy to start a store and uploading things there is VERY easy. Just let me know because I am happy to help! =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance.

    A good bloggy tip is to have a direct link to your blog when you leave a comment. This will make it easy for others to hop over and follow you. Here is the link that tells you how to do that:

    http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2011/02/more-code-funleaving-your-link-in.html

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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    1. Thanks for the sweet message Heather! I really do appreciate your tips and will have to try them out soon! Being a new blogger, I can use all the help I can get :) I will definitely check and follow your blog and I am sure I will find great things on there also! Have a nice day!

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  6. HI! Just found your blog! I am a new follower and I hope you will check out my blog when you get a chance.

    Teresa

    2nd Grade Pig Pen

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    1. Hi Teresa! Thanks for joining the club ;) I will definitely check out your blog right now!

      Joelle

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