Friday, August 12, 2011

Literacy Centers {free printable}

Last year my district started using McGraw-Hill's reading series.  While the station ideas for each week's main selection are good, sometimes I find myself spending a lot of time explaining the directions.  After reading The Daily 5, I decided to create some generic literacy centers that could be used with any story/selection.  So, drum roll please...I present to you a set of 16 centers that can be set up in your classroom with just a few materials that you probably already have on hand.

I created a few stations for Words, Reading, and Writing.  Here's what is in each category:

Words:
  • Making Words
  • Making Words Recording Sheet (The title font is called Grilled Cheese.)
  •  Spelling Activity
Spelling Activity Cards can be found {here}.
  • Dictionary Dig

Reading:

  • Partner Reading
  • Comic Strip Story





  • Listening to Reading (a couple of online story sites {here} and {here}.

  •  Read Time for Kids

  • Art (My thinking behind this center is to have seasonal art projects or other art projects that compliment the curriculum.)


Writing:
  • Top Ten List
  • Squiggle Story (Go {here} to see how Squiggle stories can be used in 1st & 5th grades.)

  • Making Sentences



There are 10 sets of sentence cards.  Just print on cardstock and cut out.  Put each set in a zipper bag.
  • Write a Letter

  • Journal Writing

Tons and tons of journal prompts {here}, {here}, and {here}.

  • Super Sentences


30 sentence cards in this document

You can find some other great literacy ideas {here}.

What's your favorite literacy center activity?  Make a comment or share a link in your comment.  Go ahead and download these literacy stations {here}.  As always, if you'd like an editable version, just leave me a comment with your email address.

98 comments:

Bigbird said...

These are great! I've used the Top Ten and the Scibbles and my students love them! Have a great school year and thanks so much for sharing!!
Robin (Bigbird)
http://www.firsttoremember.blogspot.com

Down Under Teacher said...

Wow, these are great! Am I able to have an editable version though? I haven't read through it entirely but they'll probably be some spelling 'mistakes' as we spell a little differently sometimes here in Australia! Thanks a lot!

Kylie
Down Under Teacher
downunderteacherblog@gmail.com

Fitbecky said...

These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

Becky
http://ep2ndgraderocks.blogspot.com/

lcooney said...

So glad I found you guys:) Love the spelling cards and use them already. Our Saxon Phonics doesn't have any activities so love the cards. Can't wait to try some of the other activities in my 1/2 classroom! Thanks!

Alisha Stevens said...

WOW! This post is a wonderful resource. I have bookmarked it so I won't lose it! Thank you so much for all your hard work!!

Shelly said...

As Junie B. Jones would say, "Wowie, wow, wow!" Thanks so much for sharing, Belinda. We really should have lunch after church sometime....Could I pretty please have the editable version to change for my little first graders? Thank you so much!

Shelly
projectn@tx.rr.com

Nicole Chatz said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I am adding these to my literacy centre.

Nicole
http://primaryteachingresources.blogspot.com

Mrs. Slyter said...

Ohmygosh! These are so cool... thank you!!

Dee said...

Wow! These are terrific activities. Thanks so much for sharing! I especially love the making words sheet. I've been using a different one for the students to take home as homework, but now I think I'll switch to this one. Thanks again!
Dee
First Impressions

luckeyfrog said...

Um, you are amazing! These are simple to read and follow, with a consistent format, and better yet- they are easy to change slightly from week to week without me having to reinvent the wheel! Thank you so much for sharing a great resource!

Katie said...

These are awesome options for Daily 5! I would love a version I can edit. So glad I discovered your blog!

Katie
kmhewitt@gmail.com

Mrs. G said...

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing! I really love the ideas! I'd like a copy of the mystery words recording sheet but it wasnt included with the others? Can I get a copy please? That would be awesome! Kathygoins@comcast.net

Shelly said...

Hi, Belinda. I hope your year is off to a great start. Would it be possible for you to send me the editable version of these amazing literacy centers so I can customize them for my sweeties?

Shelly
projectqn@tx.rr.com

Nicole Catherine said...

This is so fantastic! I would really appreciate an editable version. Thanks so much for sharing. Such a help to me, this is my first year teaching and I'm overwhelmed but want my students to have wonderful work stations:)

Nicole
ncterhun@gmail.com

Dana said...

Wow! So many great ideas and resources! I can incorporate a lot of these into my 3rd grade classroom. Thanks for sharing, Belinda!

Dana
3rd Grade Gridiron

Stacey said...

awesome!!!!!

Ms. Casey said...

Awesome Ideas for literacy. Thanks for sharing!

peacemonger said...

Great for my multi-ability group! I would love and editable version. Thanks so much!

perkinsj@hebronschools.k12.in.us

peacemonger said...

These will be great for my multi-categorical special education classroom. I would love an editable version, please. Thanks!

perkinsj@hebronschools.k12.in.us

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for the building sentences. I use these with my first grade class and we call them "Scrambled Sentences." The kids started creating their own sentences and I typed them in your template. It's perfect for my work on writing station! Thanks for a great activity that keeps my kids motivated!

Nicole
www.flippingforfirstgrade.blogspot.com

Just4Teachers said...

Hi, I wanted to "Thank You" for listing me as resource for Poetry!!! Not only do I have poems for 2nd Grade, but I have Kindergarten and 1st Grade Collections available. I love your Literacy Centers...I've been using them in my classroom. Thanks for sharing!

Debi
Just 4 Teachers: Sharing Across Borders

Suzy Q said...

Thank you for your kind offer of the editable version. I would love one!

tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

Cyndi-Lu said...

Wow! This is fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work and generosity in sharing these.

georgesinsingapore said...

Thank you! Your ideas have "meaning" behind them and are not just something to waste time! LOVE IT! Can I please have an editable version.

jmckenzie said...

Awesome ideas!!! Thank you for posting these! Could I have an editable version? jmckenzie63@hotmail.com

The Hughes' said...

Thanks for sharing your efforts with all of us! I'd appreciate the editable version to make some tweaks for my ESL group. Thanks, again. debhughes.al@gmail.com

Murariu Family said...

Wow you rocked my world. These are awesome. Can I have an editable version too? suitejessi@hotmail.com

aatwoodteacher said...

Love love love this post! I teach 3rd grade in Kress, TX so I would want to tweak the activities just a bit. Can I get an editable version? Scooter_01_@yahoo.com

Rorey Risdon said...

These are all so wonderful. I teach at an International School in Tanzania and my third graders love all of the resources and ideas I find online, since I can head out to any teacher stores! You are so generous with all you share. Thank you and a great big hello from Dar es Salaam.

Samantha said...

I'm a first year teacher and just discovered your blog! I can't wait to try some new things in my class! I would love an editable version of these please! Thanks so much!

slhenderson517@gmail.com

Karen said...

Can you please send an editable version so that I can adapt these for my fourth graders?
KARENR843@AOL.COM

lulu said...

Your resources are AMAZING! Can I please have an editable version as well? luismarkovic at gmail dot com

Denise Bese said...

These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. May I please have an editable version to adapt these for my third graders? dbese@comcast.net

Ms. Billingslea said...

I am a 2nd year teacher who will be teaching second grade again and this will be wonderful for my class next school year! Thanks for sharing them with us! May I have an editable version please? bsbilling@gmail.com

Paula Saul said...

Hi Belinda!
Your Literacy Center ideas are wonderful! I love and appreciate how you have included the "meaning" behind them! May I please have an editable version to adapt these for my third grade students? pesaul@mpsaz.org

Thank you...these are fabulous!

lulu said...
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Cindy Helene said...

You are talented and generous [for sharing]!
Please send me the Word editable versions of your work. Thank you so much.

Sandy Wooten said...

Wow! I am really impressed with your activities! I would love an editable version of your work to adapt for my first grade students. My e-mail is sandywoot26@yahoo.com Thanks a bunch!

Mrs. Walters said...

These look wonderful! I would also love an editable version of all of your work! Thanks for sharing! My e-mail is jwalters@zcs.org! Thanks again!

Belinda Kinney said...

@Cindy Helene...I'd be happy to share. Please send me your contact info.

SharonHumbarger said...

I love these ideas! May I have an editable version? sharonhumbarger@gmail.com Thanks!

Keys4Education said...

Wow! Thanks for pulling them into one post. LOVE IT! :o)

Jennifer Pennington said...

These are great! When I click on the cards that go along with making sentence and super sentences nothing opens up. I'd love copies of these as well as an editable version of the activity cards if possible. Thanks for sharing.
jenpennington@bellsouth.net

Rhonda said...

What a wonderful gift you are sharing! I, too, hate worksheets! I would love to have an editable version if possible. Thanks!

rwiebers@cox.net

Caroline said...

Wow!!! What a great resource, thank you for sharing. May I have an editable version if possible? Thank you and have a great school year.

cbsimpkins82@gmail.com

5f35978a-f2cd-11e1-8e00-000bcdcb471e said...

I would love the editable version also. These have been great in helping me set up literacy stations in my room this year!
crystal_fraher@auburn.cnyric.org and/or cabmpf935@aol.com
Thanks so much!

buffy888 said...

These are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing for FREE!!!

jenna said...

Wow!! Love your ideas!! Thank you for sharing. Could I pleaase have a editable version for my little ones. email: luzy_por-te-yo@hotmail.com
Thanks a million!!

S Brathwaite said...

Hi,

I just love this! I have been looking for something like this. Can you please send me an editable version to sbrathwaite@mid-del.net.

Thanks Again,
SB

Mrs. Casteel said...

I would love to have an editable version. I love centers that are not "busy work!" Thanks for sharing your creativity!

casteele@person.k12.nc.us

Alana Braun said...

I love these centers!! Could you send me an editable version? Thanks!

alana.braun@mytwu.ca

K&S Bell said...

wowwww! Can I please have a version that can be edited? I would love to use it in my third grade classroom!

- First year teacher
kayleedbell@hotmail.com

Michelle said...

Wow! I'm a 2nd year teacher and can't believe how easy these stations are to understand. Thanks for sharing.

Can I get an editable version please.

lanzcoquille@yahoo.co.nz

Bridget said...

Thank you so much!!!!

Stevebam12 said...

Very impressive...if editable versions are available I would love a copy please.

sbamford@parra.catholic.edu.au

Heather Bloomfield said...

These are great. I'd love an editable version.

HBloomfield@dickinsonisd.org

Tania Bibbo said...

These are AWESOME ideas!!! Thank-you so much for sharing!! I would love an editable version. I am taking over a 1st grade class next week.

taniabibbo@yahoo.com

Nicole W. said...

Thank you, thank you!

Elisheva Harel said...

These are amazing! Thank you so much! The time you have saved me is priceless :)

Cathy Pennell said...

Wow! These are amazing! I would love to have the editable version as well. Thank you for sharing.

catpennell@gmail.com

Danielle said...

Can you please send this to me in PDF form...so I can edit for third grade! danielleberghuis@gmail.com....thanks!

Ivana Khoury said...

Hi! These are going to be my lifesaver this year. Is it too late to request the editable version? Thank you either way!

ivanakhoury@gmail.com

KarenLyn said...

Thanks for sharing! I teach 4th Grade but many of these are easily adaptable for my students' levels.

Brittney said...

I just found your blog! Your centers are amazing! If you still have the editable versions, I would love a copy! Thank you so much!
brittberger18@gmail.com

Belinda Kinney said...

I am still sending out editable versions of my Literacy Centers for anyone who is interested. All I need is your email address.

Belinda
I Love 2 Teach

katthompson said...

Awesome! Thank you so much!! Can I get an editable copy please


thompson.kathryn@onottowayschools.org

Traveling Teacher said...

Would love an editable copy! I haven't taught 2nd grade in 8 years so this is totally priceless :)

lovetortillas@gmail.com

Sarah Beth White said...

This student teacher would LOVE an editable copy! Just found this today, and I really think it will work well for my reading class!

sarahewhite13@gmail.com

Miss White's Classroom

Mrs. Pole said...

These are amazing!!! I can't tell you how excited I was to find your site! Thank you so much for putting all of these together here!

Mrs. Pole said...

PS Can I get a editable copy? Thanks!!!
npoleschook@yahoo.com

Jamie Haydel said...

These literacy centers are awesome! Thank you so much for taking your time to make these centers. I was looking for something just like this to use in my classroom! Can I have an editable copy please?

haydj415@gmail.com

Jennifer said...

OMG!!! I think you were in my classroom every week while I went over the directions to the centers. I love your site. I'm so glad I came across it. I've been wanting something like this.thank you for doing this. I would love to have an editable version. You rock!!! Jennifer.smith@ sandites.org

rebecca casey said...

These are great! Thank you so much for this. Can I please have an editable version?

bcasey4isu@msn.com

Laura said...

I've started using these in my classroom and they are awesome! There are a few I'd like to make a couple changes to though, could I get an editable version please? THANK YOU!

lmclark625@gmail.com
Laura

savemeris said...

These are great ideas. I'm a new teacher who's struggling to find good literacy center ideas, and would love editable versions. Thank you!

rochelle.epp@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Oh My GOODNESS!!! You are amazing and have literally just saved me HOURS of time! I am truly grateful and will be using all of your centers this year. THANK YOU a million times over!

Scherry Babb said...

These are great centers. I would love to have an editable version too. scherrybabb@gmail.com

Thank you !!!

Sheri said...

Awesome!! Thanks for sharing. I would love an editable version also.
sfsullivan@paulding.k12.ga.us

Sam Lehmann said...

I would LOVE, LOVE an editable version - we are using Reading Street and all of my ESOL friends need so much more help. It would help them to have pre-made foldables - it's worth the time in advance - so they can focus on the word and definition!
slehmann@mcpsva.org

Kelci said...

I would appreciate an editable version as well. Thank you so much! kwright@cowan.k12.in.us

linh k said...

Thanks for sharing:) i would love a copy of your editable version thanks:) kuoch27@gmail.com

kerbya said...

Hi Belinda,
I would love to have the editable version.
Thank you!!!
ak_shine@hotmail.com

Allison Taylor said...

Love, love these! So glad I found your blog. I would love an editable version. Thank you!
ataylor@childressisd.net

MsLove said...

Hello,
I would love a version that I can edit! Spelling is a little different in Canada! Thank you!
Kera
klove511@hotmail.com

Sarah Stewart said...
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Sarah Stewart said...

What a fantastic resource!! Thanks so much! :)

Jess said...

I am so grateful to have stumbled upon your website when looking for ideas for next year! Thank you so much for your generosity! It must have taken so much time and effort to organized and create these resources, and I appreciate you for it! If you are still offering, I'd love an editable copy. stampmaniac@gmail.com. Thanks!

Rose said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I teach 1st grade, but as always have a multi-leveled class. These center ideas will be a HUGE help in diversifying. Could you please send mean editable version?
ellchinn@yahoo.com
Thanks again!

Airynn Adams said...

WOW I can't believe all this is for free! Could I also have an editable version? I teach 2nd at an International school in Botswana and we use British English. Thanks!
airynn.adams@gmail.com

Green Gables said...

Its an informative topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. I think it may be help all of you. Thanks.
International Schools in Hyderabad

Caitlin Coleman said...

Hello! These centers are wonderful and would be perfect to use in my second grade classroom. Could you please send me the editable version? Many thanks! ccoleman@gcasd.org

Kate Cunningham said...

Somewhat late to the party here but glad I found this blog via Pinterest. now Following on GFC. Please could I have an editable version of this so I can change to UK spelling and adjust slightly to my setting. Thank you. katie_01592 (at) yahoo (dot com) (sorry don't want to write it out fully on open web -thanks)

Lauren Lawrence said...

Love your ideas, thanks for sharing. I would love to have an editable version.
Thanks, Lauren
llawrence@calpnc.org

Mrs. Caluori said...

These are wonderful! I would also love an editable copy please:). Lori.delahunt-caluori@ocsb.ca
Thanks so much,

Lori

sh* said...

I would love an editable copy
slphiggins@gmail.com

Lori Muller said...

I am so excited to use these center ideas in my third grade classroom! If possible, could I also get an editable copy? Thank you so much for all of your hard work! lori.muller1@gmail.com

John Locke said...

Very creative post and i love to learn such things i am glad that i see your blog and learn something new thanks for such a lovely guide. What kind of Ink Toner Cartridges you are using to take printout of your art i think you must using good quality printer for this art.

Jessica Lyon said...

jessicalyon93@gmail.com

You just saved me a LOT of time in planning! Thank you!!!!

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