Internet Workshop: Exploring Literacy Center Ideas

Today, you will have an opportunity to explore one of the following online resources created by primary school teachers.
Each resource links to a different teacher's descriptions of the literacy centers they use in their classroom. Many descriptions include a photograph of the center to help you visualize how each is set up.

After you break into groups of five, each of you should select one link to explore. Read/skim through the literacy center ideas and use the notetaking organizer given to you in class to complete the following:
  • 1) note any management tips or work board ideas the teacher provides for setting up a literacy center
  • 2) summarize four innovative center ideas that you find particularly useful
  • 3) for each center idea, circle which of the Five Literacy Component(s) it best addresses (e.g., Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension) [Try to select center ideas that address a range of components]
  • 4) Be prepared to share the four center ideas you found with the rest of your group in about 20 minutes.

  1. Mrs. McDowell’s Literacy Centers for Grades K-1
  2. Mrs. Gallagher’s Literacy Centers for Grades K-2
  3. The K Crew’s Centers and Units Page (Explore Unit Themes for more center ideas)
  4. Mrs. Spatafora's Kindergarten Blog