ELA Centers with Differentiation, Student Rubrics, and Menus for August (2nd)

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ELA Centers for August-

This pack was created to support beginning of the year, independent activities for the literacy block. This pack contains seven differentiated activities. However, counted individually, this pack has thirteen activities.

Six of the seven activities are tiered for difficulty, with some activities having more than one level. Teachers can use the skills to differentiate for students by difficulty level, or can have students complete all levels of the task, so the centers last for several weeks and scaffold upon themselves. The centers include:

Colorful Vowel Words-Students read word cards with one syllable short and long vowel words. Then, students sort the cards onto a short or long sound sorting mat. This center has two levels of difficulty. Version one has simpler words with more ‘magic e’ words for the long vowels. Version two has slightly more difficult words with some vowel teams for the long vowels (ee, ai, ui).

Bubble Dot Decoding-Students practice decoding regularly spelled, two-syllable long vowel words, by drawing a card with a picture on it and then marking the answer sheet with the corresponding word with a bingo dauber.

Order Up!-Students order 8 cards, with school lunch related words, in alphabetical order. There are two versions of this activity. The first activity has alphabetizing to the first letter. The second version has alphabetizing to the second letter.

Be a Literary Reading Detective-Students read a literary passage and then can either answer questions about the passage, or can use question stem cards, to create and answer their own questions about the passage. There are three levels of the passage (Late 1st/ Early 2nd, , Early 2nd , Early 2nd/ Mid 2nd) and two different versions of the recording sheet.

Be an Informational Reading Detective-Students read an informational passage and then can either answer questions about the passage, or can use question stem cards, to create and answer their own questions about the passage. There are two levels of the passage (Late 1st/ Early 2nd,, Early 2nd/ Mid 2nd) and two different versions of the recording sheet.

Complete Sentences are a Hoot-Students draw cards with sentences and phrases on them and then sort them into complete or incomplete sentences. There are two different versions of this activity. The first is a simpler version and includes visual cues such as capital letters and end marks, for the complete sentences. The second version is more difficult and includes capital letters and end marks on EVERY card, some of which are used incorrectly.

Sentence Sort-Students draw cards with sentences and match them to a card with the corresponding end mark. Then students sort all of the cards under the headers: statement, question, and exclamatory. There are two versions of the game. The first version has lower level sentences for easy reading, while the second version has higher level sentences.

Sticking with Good Sentences-Students draw cards with sentences on them. The students then check the cards to see if it has a capital letter, end mark, and that it makes sense, to practice simple editing skills. There are three versions of this activity. In the first version, all the sentences are statements that are missing no more than two of the elements. In the second version, statement, exclamatory, and question sentences are represented, but are missing no more than two of the elements. In the third version, the same sentences from version two are used, but one sentence is missing ALL of the elements.

This pack also includes teacher helpers to make your literacy block as smooth as possible!

Included in an additional file is:

Center Icons for Rotations or Bin Labels-These are square labels that match each of the centers’ cover sheets. These are perfect for center rotations or for labeling bins.

Center/ Work Stations Menu or Cover Sheet-I created this sheet for students to check off as they complete the center/work station each day. They can also be used as a daily or weekly reflection piece for students.

Students Reflection Rubric-At the end of the week, students have a simple rubric to complete that allows them to reflect on their effort and understanding.

Simple Grading Sheet-This is a simple sheet for teachers to staple to the top of all of one student’s centers. There is a checklist of all the canters and teachers can score all of the centers for one student. There are four check lists to a sheet.

Teacher Check Sheet-Editable checklist to mark off if students have turned in all the centers in this pack.

To see a large preview of these files, please make sure to check my blog-post for lots of pictures and a sample!

The following CCS are addressed:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.A Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.C Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.4.EUse glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

I hope this provides additional, easy to use resources for your class!

Happy Learning!
Mandy
mandyholland@hotmail.com
http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/
http://mandys-tips-4-teachers.blogspot.com/

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ELA Centers with Differentiation, Student Rubrics, and Men
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ELA Centers with Differentiation, Student Rubrics, and Men
ELA Centers with Differentiation, Student Rubrics, and Men