We have been using Math Bags for years and have seen a lot of great things come from them. We wanted a similar format for our Language Arts block (and we had several requests from Math Bag fans)....thus, Literacy Bags were born! When we created these, we wanted a system in which the students could work on independent LA activities while we meet with students in small groups. We didn’t want to...
- change LA centers every week - 2 weeks OR
- use tons of colored ink (which is often paid for by teachers!) OR
- have lots of papers to grade
Basically, Literacy Bags are LA activities that can be done independently. There are 10 Literacy Bags for each of the main LA strands; Reading Foundational Skills, Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, and Language. Each Literacy Bag is designed so that it can be done by one student or a pair of students. We worked to make the Literacy Bags engaging, but also at a skill level where students can work independently. The activity direction pages were made in a kid friendly manner (with both words and pictures) to limit the need to ask questions while the teacher is busy with other students. Just like the Math Bags, Literacy Bags do not have a written response worksheet to be completed or “turned in.” We feel we have plenty of opportunities to grade work outside of this time in our day. With Literacy Bags, students manipulate task cards, clip answers with a clothespin, match cards together, etc., but do not write their answers on a worksheet. Literacy Bags are printed on color card stock and DO NOT require color ink!
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This document includes FORTY centers. They are listed below by strand (with standard noted):
Reading Foundational Skills:
Beginning Sound Fun (match a picture to the beginning sound) RF.K.3.A
What Is It? (sorting letters, words, sentences, pictures) RF.K.1.B and D
Letters All Around (matching upper and lower case letters) RF.K.1.D
I Spy...Letters (knowing upper and lower case letters in multiple fonts) RF.K.1.D
Putting It All Together (short vowel word families) RF.K.3.C and D
Writing Words (writing short vowel words)RF.K.3.D
Sight Word Detective (sight word matching) RF.K.3.C
Tap a Word (short vowel work) RF.K.2. B, C, D
Words Buzzing Around (substituting sounds) RF.K.2.E
Long or Short? (determining if a vowel is short or long) RF.K.3.B
Picture It: What Kind of Character? (animal/person/object) RL.K.3
Is It a Character? (determining if an object is a character) RL.K.3
Setting Surprise (determining if a picture is a setting) RL.K.3
Select a Sentence (matching sentences to pictures) RL.K.7
Let’s Read, Shall We? (reading and comprehension) RL.K.1,3
Print Concepts All Around (print concepts) RL.K.5
Super Setting Sort (matching pictures to their setting)RL.K.3
Problem and Solution Pairs (matching problem and solution) Rl.K.3
Story Central (comprehension of familiar stories) RL.K.9,2
Be the Illustrator (drawing illustrations to match the text) RL.K.6,7
Complete Sentence Claire (sentence or not a sentence) L.K.1.F
Nancy Noun (determining person/place/thing) L.K.1.B
Actions All Around (matching actions and verbs) L.K.1.B
Opposite Oh No! (matching opposites) L.K.5.B
Plenty of Plurals (drawing more than one, adding –s) L.K.1.C
Preposition Power (matching actions and prepositions) L.K.1.C
Category Craze (sorting like groups) L.K.5.A
“Packing Up” Adjectives (determining correct describing word) L.K.5.B
Pleasant Punctuation (telling and asking sentences) L.K.2.B
Practice Makes Perfect (handwriting; upper and lower case letters) L.K.1.A, 2.C
Reading Informational Text:
Text Features Sort (cover, title page, back of the book) RI.K.5
Photograph or Illustration (determining real or make-believe) RI.K.7
Caption Action (matching photographs with captions) RI.K.7
Diagram and Label Delight (labeling diagrams) RI.K.7
Same and Different (comparing and contrasting two objects) RI.K.1,.3
Can, Have, Are (facts) RI.K.1
Time to Eat (following “how to” instructions) RI.K.1
Let’s Read! (main idea and details) RI.K.2,.4
What Kind of Book (fiction vs. nonfiction) RI.K.5
Yes or No: You Decide (comprehension) RI.K.1
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