Differentiating instruction doesn't just mean changing the difficultly of the task for our students. It can also mean changing the activity all together so it challenges, or supports our students at the level they need. These hands on literacy center activities
can help you differentiate your literacy centers with ease.
→ What is included in this resource?
Your students can construct Short A word puzzles, clip the correct spelling of the short A word pictures, write a story using the phonics words/pictures, and complete a word search.
Puzzles (28 puzzles):
Each puzzle features a colorful picture, and initial, medial and final sounds. You can print, laminate and cut apart the puzzles to allow the students to put the pieces back together. They will construct words to match your featured phonics skills.
Clip-It (28 cards):
These clip-it cards are great for your students who are practicing the "does it look right strategy?" Each card has an image and three possible spellings of the word. The students must decided which one looks right. By placing a colored dot on the back of the correct option, this could be a self-checking center.
Pocket Chart Center (31 cards, 3 differentiated levels):
These pocket cart cards feature a picture and matching word. For level one, students just need to insert the short a sound (isolating the medial vowel). For level two, students will need to insert the correct short a word family (isolating the rime). For level three, the students will need to insert the correct whole word.
Rhyme Matching Flashcards/Game (34 cards):
These cards include both a picture and CVC word. Students can use these cards to play games like memory or Go Fish. There are more than one set of "matches" per word family, so you could even play a game where your students try to collect as many matches as they can.
Picture story (3 differentiated levels, 2 lined paper options):
This is a favorite for my students. There are three differentiated options (leveled by the number of words to include in the story). Students can cut out the pictures on the bottom of the writing paper, and substitute them into their writing.
Word Search (2 differentiated options):
Who doesn't love a word search? The first option has pictures, rather than words. Your students will be challenged to either spell the words before searching, or do a blind search to see what words they can find by using the spelling patterns they are learning. The second option includes a word list, so this search is a little easier. Some of the work of figuring out exactly what words they need to look for is done for them. You and your students can pick what best fits their needs.
→ How can you use this resource to support your students?
These literacy centers can be used in a teacher guided group, collaboratively with student partners or independently. They could make great fast finisher review activities, or morning work options. I think the best way to use these activities is to space them out and use them for consistent spiral review long after your have completed your Digraphs phonics unit!
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