At last, Reading, Language and Writing Centers designed specifically for Third Grade students that will help them on their reading journey. Students practice reading skills/strategies, fluency, grammar skills and a writing genre each week.
These centers are designed to be used in any third-grade classroom. They follow the skill sequence outlined in the 3rd-grade Journeys series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*. but, you do not have to be using this reading textbook in order to use the centers in your classroom.
There are six literacy centers for each of the five weeks. Set 1 is for weeks 1-5. The literacy centers in this packet are designed to give your students time to practice the literacy skills and strategies that have been presented in class lessons. You do not have to use all six centers every week. Choose the centers that meet the needs of your students and your curriculum.
There are five weeks of centers in this set. Each week has six centers:
Read About It:
Students read independently, either a book you choose or they choose. At the end of the period, students write a brief paragraph reflection that focuses on the weekly reading skill.
Week 1: Story Structure
Week 2: Conclusions
Week 3: Understanding Characters
Week 4: Compare and Contrast
Week 5: Cause and Effect
Chat About It:
Students read with a partner using books you've placed in the center. Then students use the thinkmarks to help them discuss the weekly reading comprehension strategy and mark that they've finished the center.
Week 1: Summarize
Week 2: Infer and Predict
Week 3: Analyze and Evaluate
Week 4: Infer and Predict
Week 5: Visualize
Listen to It:
In this center the students are with a partner again to practice fluency. They take turns reading aloud a text (self-selected or teacher selected.) The fluency text is not included in this packet. Then they rate themselves on their fluency.
Week 1: Accuracy
Week 2: Phrasing
Week 3: Reading Rate
Week 4: Expression
Week 5: Intonation
Just a Word About It:
For this center, students focus on a word study skill with an activity that can be played with a partner, small group, or on their own. There is a response sheet where students write the answers and an answer key so they can check their own work. They also complete four short written practices for the week. This student practice page is 1 page with 12 to 15 questions for the week.
Week 1: Context Clues
Week 2: Dictionary and Glossary
Week 3: Antonyms
Week 4: Word Families
Week 5: Prefix mis-
Be Right About It:
This center focuses on grammar and writing mechanics skills. One set of task cards is included (24 cards) Students write the answers on a response sheet, and they can check their own work with an answer key. They complete four short written practices for the week. This student practice page is 1 page with 12 to 15 questions for the week.
Week 1: Simple Sentences
Week 2: Kinds of Sentences
Week 3: Compound Sentences
Week 4: Common and Proper Nouns
Week 5: Plural Nouns with –s and -es
Write About It;
The students work independently and go through the writing process to complete one short piece of writing for weeks 1, 2, and 3. During weeks 4 and 5 they go through the writing process again, but they produce a longer piece of writing. focuses on writing, writing process and writing traits
Narrative Writing Focus
Week 1: Descriptive Paragraph
Week 2: Dialogue
Week 3: Personal Narrative
Week 4: Personal Narrative
Week 5: Personal Narrative
**These materials were prepared by Debra Crockett (Crockett’s Classroom) and have neither been developed, reviewed, nor endorsed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, publisher of the original Journeys Common Core Reading on which this material is based.
This link will take you to all the third grade units:
Third Grade Literature Centers
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