Hi! Thank you for visiting! When doing centers, I complete this chart and make copies for students. They will find their name (one time in each row) and highlight it, keeping it for their own personal copy. I also make a copy to hang in the classroom, as well. They learn where they need to go for each center in no time at all!
The advantages for using this method is that you will be able to homogeneously group students for reading, but heterogeneously group them for the other centers. You can strategically place students at centers based on behavior and ability (mixed- so that your high’s can help your low’s) while you are meeting with your reading group.
When completing the chart, I fill in my reading groups (first column). Then I work on one child at a time placing them in the other five centers. It can be a little time consuming at first, but once you do it, you just need to tweak it for students progressing faster than others in reading groups.
The Mystery Center can be anything you want it to be- math, science, social studies…
It’s great if you only have 5 reading groups, then you can leave one of your reading blocks empty and use that time to pull students that need extra help with reading, writing, test make-up….
The centers take 2 days to run through- 3 a day. I introduce the centers on the “A” Day and they last for 2 days. I have done as many as 8 centers- 4 a day. Other ideas you can use:
Games and Puzzles
Independent Reading or Read to a Stuffed Animal