For those of you who are starting or already using literacy centers (stations), check out the preview for my full-year grades 4-8 Reading Academic Literacy Center
. This twice-per week, 20-minute center provides the reading fluency and reading comprehension practice
your students need with expository text
. Students read 43 informational articles about common and uncommon animals. Each article has between 350–450 words and provides a physical description of the animal, its habitat, what it eats, its family life, interesting behaviors, and the status of its world population.
The articles are leveled in a pyramid design: the first two paragraphs are at an adjusted third-grade (Fleish-Kincaid) level (after deleting a few key multi-syllabic words such as carnivores or long animal names such as armadillos); the next two paragraphs are at the fifth-grade level; and the last two are at the seventh-grade level. The reader begins practice at an easier level to build confidence and then moves to more difficult academic language and sentence length. The same text is used for both the reading fluency and reading comprehension articles.
The reading fluency articles
include difficult pronunciations in boldface to pre-teach in the upper right corner. Word counts are listed in the left margin for fluency timings. Timing charts are provided to help students track their cold (unpracticed) and hot (after choral readings) readings.
Additionally, if tablets, phones, or computers are available, students may access and practice reading along with the YouTube modeled readings for each article
. Each of the reading fluency articles has been recorded at three different reading speeds ((Level A at 95-115 words per minute; Level B at 115-135 words per minute; and Level C at 135-155 words per minute) for optimal modeled reading fluency practice at your students’ individual fluency challenge levels.
Unsure about the optimal fluency practice level for your students? The Reading Academic Literacy Center provides a diagnostic screening assessment.
The reading comprehension articles
include five comprehension questions–one question for each of the five SCRIP Comprehension Strategies. The SCRIP acronym stands for Summarize, Connect, Re-think, Interpret, and Predict. The questions are placed in the right-hand margin to help students read interactively with the text. Students learn to use these SCRIP prompts to self-generate their own questions of the text, creating the reader-author dialog, which is so critical to reading comprehension. Additionally, three key vocabulary words are boldfaced within the article. Answers to the five questions are provided following the comprehension worksheets.
All the literacy center support materials are included: Group Norms Poster, Leadership Roles Poster, Reading Academic Literacy Center Signs, Literacy Center Task Cards, and 10 Rotation Options. Plus, easy-to-follow directions to ensure your success.
You, your students, their parents, and your administrators will see noticeable improvement in reading fluency and comprehension
with the Reading Academic Literacy Center.
Check out our six grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
These full-year, twice-per-week, twenty-minute literacy centers provide rigorous, CCSS standards-based instruction.
Grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
1. Reading Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
2. Writing Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
3. Language Conventions Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
4. Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
5. Spelling and Syllabication Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
6. Study Skills Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
Make sure to check out the special value-priced, grade-level Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
with all six full-year literacy centers.
Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 4 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 5 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 6 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 7 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 8 BUNDLE
Also, check out our four Remedial Literacy Centers
. Each center provides comprehensive diagnostic and formative assessments with corresponding literacy center lessons. These full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week remedial centers fit perfectly within the group rotations provided with the Academic Literacy Centers:
Remedial Literacy Centers
1. Remedial Spelling Literacy Center
2. Remedial Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Literacy Center
3. Phonics Literacy Center
4. Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
Make sure to check out the special value-priced Remedial Literacy Centers BUNDLE
. Help your students catch up
while they keep up
with grade-level instruction.
All 6 grade-level Academic Literacy Centers and all 4 Remedial Literacy Centers work nicely with the 10 literacy center rotations which you will see in your free download. Each rotation reflects four-days-per-week centers with 40, 60, 80, and 100-minute class time allocations. This is a flexible program; pick what works best for you and your students.
You and your students will love these literacy centers!