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What are the Other Kids Doing? {FREEBIE} Literacy Centers and Guided Reading

As I'm traveling and presenting this is a question I get A LOT!
So I thought I'd spend a week or two going through some of the things that my kids are 
doing while I teach small groups.

Let's start with the basics.  As I'm teaching small groups my kids are working at centers.
This is my center rotation board.  It helps me manage where my students are working each day.

The first row of pirates shows the name of my groups.
I have five groups:  Pirates, Jolly Rogers, Anchors, Pirate Ships
In these groups my Littles are grouped in heterogeneous groups so that there is some 
support for my learners who might need a little help.
At the end of each day I rotate the group icons to the right so that they are working in different 
areas each day.

The second and third rows contain the center icons that show the students where they will be working.
These icons are always hanging above the area where they will be working
(for Read and Write the Room the signs are hanging where supplies are housed).

You can click HERE to print out the Icons for your Literacy Center Board.

Next, I will be blogging about the ABC Center and some of the things we do in there.  
 I will also have the large literacy center icons available as a free download.  

I hope y'all have had a great week so far!! :)

UPDATE: So sorry!  I've had internet problems at my house for a week due to storm damage and now I'm traveling this week to present at conferences.  I will get to the next post as soon as I can.


  1. I really like the way you incorporated the Pirate theme into your centers! So simple, yet effective!

    Krista Mahan
    Teaching Momster

    1. Thanks so much! It is a great way to get them to actually use the management board. :)

  2. Love it! Thanks for sharing. I am already trying to get ready for next year (my year is almost finished due to maternity leave) and this helps a lot!

  3. As always, thank you for your insight, ideas, and support. I am hoping to change grades in the near future, and this helps tremendously with questions I have been having.

  4. Very cute idea! I mainly taught intermediate grades and had my students either do stations or choice boards.
    Southern Fried Teachin

  5. It is so important to set up your expectations and centers so that kids can work without a teacher hovered over them. It is the only way to get small group work done!

    The Math Maniac

  6. Thank you so much for the idea. I am an in-home child care provider with a group of little ones and a group of preschool/pre-k children. I think I will do this for the preschoolers but change the centers to be more manipulative for their age level.

  7. I'm your newest follower (in blog-land anyway)! You are AMAZING! Please make a trip to Eastern Kentucky! We love you!! :)



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