Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Peek at My New Centers and Stations (Yes, there are freebies!)
Over the past couple of weeks, I've spent way too much time creating new literacy centers and math stations for my room. I always forget how much time it takes to laminate and cut things! When I start something, I just can't stop until it's finished....even if that means working late...or putting off some more important things on my to do list for a little bit. :) But my class enjoys them so it's a success!
Here are my new literacy centers (I already have about 18 that are in constant rotation- the activities within each center change every week along with the centers. Yes, it's a lot of work.):
Contraction Action- the students match up contractions to the two words it was built from. You can get it here.
ABC Order- I made a bunch of these apple cards with words on them. The students sort the cards in ABC order by removing the cards from the clothes pin and moving them up or down. I also made a worksheet to go with this. You can get this FREEBIE here!
Boggle- I saw this idea all over Pinterest and knew I had to do it too! My kiddos love it. I just change the letters every week. And this center isn't "open" every week. You can get the letters from Rebecca over at Create-Teach-Share. I used pocket envelopes and cut squares out of an them using an X-ACTO knife. The kids can pull out each card and sort in the envelopes or they can take them all out and sort elsewhere.
Fill Your Heart With Words- this idea came from Cara over at The First Grade Parade. In fact, that's where you can get the worksheet. I bought the hearts at the Dollar Tree and made word cards with our spelling words we've had this year. (Sorry, I forgot to take pics of the word cards) I divided the words up by phonemes...sort of. My kiddos love it sooo much that I'm making this a regular center, not just a Valentine one. :) Plus, it's great spelling review!
Before I go into my math stations, here's a peek at my reorganized cabinet. It's now the kid's cabinet. You don't even want to see all that I had to shove into my second cabinet to empty this one out! The second shelf down has a couple literacy centers and the third and fourth shelves have the math stations.
Now onto the math stations. These are simple ideas, but the kids are happy with them! I always have 6 math stations out at a time. And I change them regularly too.
War- Who doesn't love this classic game??? I made it with numbers to 1,000 to challenge my kiddos. Boring pic, fun game.
Number Building with Base Ten Blocks- Another super easy station to set up. But again, those first graders love it!
Greater Than/Less Than Sorting- this activity also comes from Cara at The First Grade Parade. Oh how I love her ideas!
I have sooo many more new math stations, but the laminating and cutting is taking forever and I've taken a break from it for now. :) If you've made it this far in my post, congrats! I'm off to have some wine and watch TV. I am addicted to "New Girl" now!