Sunday, September 28, 2014

Falling into Centers

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year! I just love everything about it. This is the time that I am really getting deep into groups in my class. I am a huge group work gal. I have five groups, all based on their reading level, and I work with each group on specific skills.
While I am working with a group, I have to have my other kiddos doing something. We have iPads and computers, but sometimes they grow tired of the apps or sites we use. I decided to make some Fall Literacy Centers that would add a little fun to our group work time. I based it on major things that I need them to be working on.

In these centers, we work on sight words by putting autumn leaves and apples on a tree. When they are at this center, I have them, not only say the word, but they need to use it in a sentence. They loved trying to create a big fall tree!

Next, I had them working on antonyms and synonyms. I made Acorn Antonyms and Sunflower Synonyms. Students need to work quietly, finding the synonyms and antonyms for each word. Once they have found a match, they need to record it on the sheet provided. This was a great "teamwork" center.

Then, I had them working on the ending -ing. I used words where they just needed to add -ing to the end, no changing letters. They need to say the word on the apple, write it on the sheet provided, they need to put it in the -ing apple basket, as they do this they need to say and write down their new word.

I also added a fun syllable sort. Students needed to say the word, clap it out, put it in the correct number column, and then write it down on the sheet provided. I think they enjoyed this one the most! The love to clap out those words!

I needed some sort of writing activity. I decided to have them choose a Fall themed word card and they had to create their own story about that word. The students got a kick out of this creative writing center. They were all so creative with their stories!

Last, I had a sight word coloring sheet. They just used the key and colored according to that key. This was a great reinforcement of some simple sight words.

All in all, my students had a blast doing this. In fact, they have been asking to do them every single day! I have been trying to do them at least two times a week. They love it and I love that I can work with groups while knowing my students are working on skills that they need to strengthen or reinforce! The centers are in my TPT shop, go and check them out. Happy Fall! :)


  1. Hi Krista! I am your newest follower! I put your Fall Packet on my wishlist! CUTE! Follower on FB TOO! Wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks

  2. Yay!!! Thank you, Wendy! I appreciate it so much!!