The first week of school is very important. Students are learning about the teacher’s expectations and routines and teachers are learning about the students. This is always an ongoing process but the more practice there is and the more teacher modeling that happens the more successful the class will be.
During the first week, have a center rotation from a different subject each day. I think a good number of students in a center would be four so have enough stations for the number of groups you will make. Let each group spend 10- 15 minutes in each station. This time should be used to begin the process of how you want your center time to operate. This is the opportunity for the teacher to model and demonstrate center expectations. It is also a great observation time and evaluation time. Teachers can observe who works well with whom, areas that the students are strong in or weak in and to also see who does not work well together.
The last day will be a game station day as a reward for how well they did with the investigation stations.
Some Centers are:
MATH Centers- Measurement, Fact Families, Tangrams, Money
READING Centers- Character Study, Setting, Different Ending, Book reviews
WRITING Centers- Friendly Letters, Build A Word, Sticker Stories
SCIENCE Centers- Magnets, Sink or Float Boats, Make a spider, Apple Tasting