Back to School Literacy Centers

Aylin Claahsen
Grade Levels
K - 1st, Homeschool
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67 pages
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Aylin Claahsen


This is a great resource to use in literacy centers during the first few weeks of school to help your students practice/review a variety of literacy skills. There are 5 literacy centers and 5 writing graphic organizers. The literacy centers focus on: vowels or consonants sort, beginning sounds of words, matching CVC words to pictures, identifying the number of syllables (1 or 2) and rhyming sight words. The graphic organizers focus on: compare and contrast (2), story sequence, brainstorming idea map, reading response (fiction) characters, setting and important details, reading response (non fiction)- main topic and key details. There is a recording sheet and a writing extension activity for each center so that you know what your students are doing while in their centers. All activities have a fun back to school theme and are aligned to the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

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5 Literacy Center Activities:
*The Detectives are Back: Going on a Letter Hunt (vowels and consonants sort) (26 sorting cards)
*Heading Back to the Beginning: Beginning Sounds Match (26 picture cards & 26 letter cards)
*All About Apples: Matching CVC Words (24 picture cards & 24 word cards)
*It's Time for School: Let's Fill Up the Backpack (1 or 2 syllables sort) (24 picture/word cards)
*I Dream of Ice Cream: Sight Word Rhymes (12 sight word cards & 48 rhyming words)

5 Graphic Organizers:
*Name Venn Diagram
*Compare and Contrast- End of the school year and beginning of the school year + picture & writing Extension
*Story Sequence- What do you do at school? + picture & writing Extension
*Brainstorming Idea Map- What do you like to do at school? + picture & writing extension
*Reading Response- Back to Books! {fiction)- characters, setting and important details
*Reading Response- Back to Books! {non fiction}- main topic and key details

Common Core Alignment:
Reading Foundational Skills- RF.K.2a, RF.K.2b, RF.K.2d, RF.K.3, RF.K.3a, RF.K.3b, RF.K.3c
Writing- W.K.1, W.K.2, W.K.3

1st Grade:
Reading Foundational Skills- RF.1.2, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3d
Writing- W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.3

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.


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