Literacy Center Ideas

As teachers are starting back to school, I thought I would make a post about the literacy centers that I have in my classroom.  I do a lot of modeling in my classroom with centers before my students are completely independent working at their center.  My students work on literacy centers during the time that I am working with guided reading groups.  Hope you can find some good ideas! 

Classroom Library
Students can read books from our classroom library.  I have books organized by genre and by level.  I like organizing my library like this because students can pick books by genre that are of interest to them and they can also pick books on their level for their book basket.  

Students write the message from the day on dry erase boards and find letters, words, and punctuation they know.  My students always love this!

I have crayons, markers, pencils, and paper here for my students to write on a topic of their choice.  This is another favorite center!

Letter Magnets
At this center students can spell their names, word wall words, CVC words, word family words, etc on the side of a file cabinet.  It depends on the focus as to what they might be spelling.  This year I am going to organize my letter magnets with one of those jewelry hanging bags (thank you Pinterest)!!  I plan to put my same word wall word alphabet letters in the pockets to organize the letter magnets.  I love how it sparkles!

Word Work
Students are able to work with words at this center.  It could be student names, color words, word wall words,  CVC words, word family words, etc.  Here is an example of a word work activity in my classroom:

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Be the Teacher
At this center students can sit in a kid size rocking chair and read a poem to their "students."  This center really helps build fluency. 

Students can practice reading the poem of the week.  I have it clipped to an easel.  The poem from the previous week is on the other side of the easel.  My students each have a poetry folder that they take home on Fridays to read.  Their poetry folders are also at this center for them to read.  Here is a picture of my poetry center (the poem was from when we learned the -it word family and is from Hubbard's Cupboard)

I have one iPad in my classroom for students to use.  I have apps for literacy centers that my students can work on.  QR codes are also a favorite of my students.  You can find a lot of *FREE* QR codes on TpT.  This is one of my favorites: 

My students can work on websites on the computer such as  
Pocket Chart   
This center is interactive for students.  They can move sentence strips or picture cards around to help them read the poem in the pocket chart.  Here is an example of my students at the pocket chart center: 

Book Baskets
Book baskets are always a center choice for my students.  They keep their book baskets in their cubbies.  The books from guided reading go in their book basket or books that we have selected together during conferencing go in their book basket.

Hopefully some of these ideas help you with literacy centers in your classroom!

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