Center 2: Seat work
Center 3: Fun center
Center 4: Meet with co-teacher
Center 5: Journal writing
We do a number of activities when they meet with me. We read books on their level of course, but the other activities depend on the needs of the particular group. Sometimes we’ll do regular reading / writing activities, a Science or Social Studies activity, phonics or sight word activities, some of their unfinished work, etc… I’ll even teach them some of the center games they will have access to.
Generally, this is reserved for chunk work and sight word work. There are occasions where they will also start / finish assignments related to what they did when they met with me.
Fun center changes every day!
Mondays: TPT center and / or computer center – I have found incredibly wonderful language arts related centers on TPT! I use MANY of them for this center – games related to sight words, contractions, compound words, forming sentences, and much, much more!
I am incredibly lucky to have an administration that believes in the power of co-teaching. The ESOL teachers, Academic Support Specialists, Reading Specialist, and many of the paraeducators, plug into our classroom for an hour or two each day.
My students write every day. I start off the year with them copying words into their journals: color words, number words, seasonal words, etc…When printing out their lists, I use the font that has the lines on it so the students can see where their letters should go. For my “fast finishers,” I have them illustrate those words.
For each level of “journaling,” I have reminders:
1. Start your sentence with a capital letter.
2. End your sentence with a period.
3. Leave a finger space in between your words.
4. You must have at least 5 sentences. ** (This one changes again, depending on the topic and what my writers are capable of.*)
I’ve been known to throw in other reminders and I always go over the reminders with them before we start our rotations.