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??Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 3??


Hello everyone!
 ??Learning Centers Made Simple!  Part 3??



This is part 3 of using centers in your classroom?

Have you wanted to try centers in your classroom, but weren?t sure where to start?  Have you tried centers and not been successful?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about  centers.


Welcome to a center-based classroom!

Imagine walking into your classroom and seeing students in small groups working cooperatively. One group sits at a center with the teacher for guided reading instruction. Another group of children work at a theme center sequencing the life cycle of an insect. At the next center, students work together restructuring a story with sentence strips. The teacher signals for attention; the students quiet for directions. Students clean up their centers and rotate to the next center, going right to work.  Centers can be done simply with the helpful hints we give you here. Read on and

make centers a reality in your classroom!

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By providing a center-based environment in your classroom, you will be able to give your attention to small groups of children during ?guided reading.? Research shows that this small-group instruction is one of the primary components that leads to strong readers. Centers also allow you to teach to all the student levels that are in your classroom. Your choice to run centers in your classroom will also teach your students how to work cooperatively in small groups. Learning centers allow you to teach ?responsibility? as students work independently, practicing and
reviewing skills and concepts at each center. 
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Q: How does a center-based classroom look?
A: Many teachers use tables and desks against the walls in
their classroom. You can use student desks as a center, too.
During center time, the desks will be empty and small groups of children will be sitting at centers throughout the room. The teacher at guided reading will have her/his back to the wall in order to see all centers at a glance from where she/he sits.

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Q: How many adults do I need to run centers in my classroom?


A: Just you! When you teach the routines and procedures of

your centers well, your students will learn how to work without supervision during center time.




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Q: How long is center time?

A: That depends on you and on how many centers you have

each day. If you have five groups of students rotating through five centers and spending 15 minutes at each center, then you will need 1 hour and 15 minutes for center time. Six groups of children rotating through six centers will need an hour and a half. Remember to add a little extra time for the rotation of

groups when determining the time you will allot for centers.

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Q: When it is time to change centers, how do I get my students? attention?
A: Ringing a bell or calling out ?freeze? or ?give me five? are great ways to call your students to attention. Teach your students to ?freeze? when the signal is given and to listen for instructions.

Happy Teaching,
Lori

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000

??Learning Centers Made Simple! Part 2??
Hi everyone,
 ??Learning Centers Made Simple!  Part 2??

Let's continue on our discussion on running a center based classroom.  Let's take a look at the answers to some common questions teachers have as they get started!

 Questions and Answers!
Q: What is a center?
A: A center is a physical area in a classroom set aside for a specific
learning purpose. The center has appropriate materials and supplies
so students can work individually or in cooperative groups.
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Q: How many students should I put in each group?
A: We recommend three to four students in each group at each center.
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Q: How long do students spend at each center?
A: Twenty to thirty minutes at each center is an adequate amount of time for students to complete most center activities.
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Q: How do students know where to go when it is time to rotate centers?
A: By teaching and practicing the routines and procedures you want followed at center time, your students will know what you want them to do. We suggest you follow a clockwise rotation pattern to rotate students through centers.
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Q: How do I group my students for centers?
A: To teach to the varied levels in all classrooms, we suggest you group your students by reading abilities. By grouping students this way, you can meet the instructional needs of all your students in language arts. Learning centers will allow you to teach to your low, medium, and high ability groups and move everyone forward.

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For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!


Check out our next post for more insights to running centers in your classroom!

Happy Teaching,



For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!



Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:30:00 +0000

??Learning Centers Made Simple!??

Hello everyone!

??Learning Centers Made Simple!??

Have you wanted to try learning centers in your classroom, but weren?t sure where to start?  

?Have you tried centers and not been successful? 

If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on and I will try and answer some basic questions teachers often have about math and literacy centers.

Let's start with the basics! ?

What does a center-based classroom look like?


A well-run center-based classroom will have small groups of children working independently at all of the centers, the teacher leading a small group at the guided reading center and perhaps a parent facilitating another center.  The children will be engaged in the activities, well trained about the procedures, and involved in their own learning.

 

What's the rationale?

Learning centers facilitate growth and learning!

? Learning centers provide an opportunity for small-group

reading instruction.

?  Learning centers enhance student learning.

?  Learning centers teach students responsibility.

?  Learning centers allow you to teach to a variety of

learning styles.

?  Learning centers offer a wider variety of activities for

students to learn from.

?  Learning centers allow students to work at their own level

while reviewing and practicing skills.

?  Learning centers promote cooperative learning


 Stay tuned for the next post and the answers to some common questions about Learning Centers.

Happy Teaching?

For more in depth information on running centers in an elementary classroom Click Here!

Happy Teaching!

Lori

Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:30:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
Hello everyone,
It's Wednesday and we made it! 
Enjoy the day!


                           


                     
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??It's hump day??







Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 31 Jul 2019 10:30:00 +0000

?Sale on TPT! ?

Hello and Happy July,
?Mark your calendar and get ready to save!  Fun To Teach is having a sale!?
If you teach English learners, I have a great bundle for you! 


?Intermediate English Language Learner Bundle!?

This engaging intermediate K-5 English language level bundle is packed with essential EFL, ESL and ELD activities for your English Language Learners (ELLs). 

The 26 resources in this K-5 bundle will take you through the school year assured that you are teaching the essential foundation of English grammar and vocabulary to your intermediate second language learners. 


?To make things even better it will be on sale July 25th through 28th along with all the resources in my TPT store.  You can save another 20% during this sale! 

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Warm regards,
Lori 

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Publ.Date : Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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It's Wednesday and we made it! 
Enjoy the day!


                     
 
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Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:30:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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It's Wednesday and we made it! 
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Publ.Date : Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:30:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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It's Wednesday and we made it! 
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 10 Jul 2019 14:38:00 +0000

?Past Tense Verbs - Regular, Irregular, and Past Participle Past Tense!?
 ?Past Tense Verbs - Regular, Irregular, and Past Participle Past Tense!?

  Regular and Irregular Past Tense Verb Games including Past Participle Bundle

Get ready for fun! This engaging English Past Tense Verb bundle reinforces the past tense with 3 stimulating grammar games and an upbeat catchy tune.
You get 110 pages of fun that will get students begging to practice English Past Tense verbs. This educational grammar bundle will entice students of all ages.

Click Here to learn more about this great past tense bundle!
This fun and fabulous Past Tense Verb bundle includes:


Three Sounds of 'ED' Past Tense Verb Games








These  past tense verb grammar/vocabulary game package includes 6 irregular past tense games and the printable black line masters to play them:
Game Board
Game Cards
Word Cards
Just copy, cut and play!



Regular Past Tense Verbs Song

If you are looking for a fun way to teach your students past tense verbs this bundle has you covered!


Click Here to learn more about this great past tense bundle!



Happy Teaching!






Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Sun, 07 Jul 2019 00:24:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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It's Wednesday and we made it! 
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??It's hump day??







Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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It's Wednesday and we made it! 
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000

??It\'s hump day??
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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000

?TIME FOR IRREGULAR PAST TENSE VERBS?
Hello everyone and thanks for joining me!

Teaching irregular verbs can be a boatload ?of fun.  Students quickly understand that irregular past tense verbs don?t end with ed but make the past tense more creatively!

Sometimes past tense verbs are tricky!  Here are some irregular past tense verbs that don?t change between tenses!
bet            bid             broadcast
cut            hit              hurt
let             put            quit
set            shut          spread


Some verbs can be regular or irregular:
Burn                   burned/burnt
Dream                dreamed/dreamt
Hang                   hung/hanged

 Here are even more irregular verbs!









Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000

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Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0000

Schoolhouse Rocks indeed!
Hello everyone,
Who does not love Schoolhouse Rocks?

Here is a cute little video, "Figure"  to share with your students!




Happy Teaching!



Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000

?Monday\'s Quote! ?


Hello everyone!
The definition of quote is to repeat someone else's statement, phrases or thoughts.


Here is today's!










Happy Teaching!



Lori 



Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0000

Teacher Freebie
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Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Jun 2019 22:12:00 +0000

What is your #1 challenge teaching Newcomers?
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Leave your comment below!  We would love to hear from you!

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Publ.Date : Fri, 07 Jun 2019 21:12:00 +0000

?Here comes summer!...but first Schoolhouse Rock!?
Summer is around the corner!????

Let's enjoy a little grammar learning with Schoolhouse Rock!



Happy Teaching! 




Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:30:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote




Happy Teaching!

Lori
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Publ.Date : Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000

?Friday freebie!
 ? Hello Teachers!
Here is a great math freebie just for you!

Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans


Check out this 26-page package freebie that focuses on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

 

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Concentration
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:
*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs


Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.


These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.

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Happy teaching!? 


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 May 2019 20:21:00 +0000

? ? ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map a year long pacing guide!


ESL/ELD K-5 Curriculum Map

a year long pacing guide!

Planning for the year can be overwhelming. Many of you have been asking me for my ESL/ELD curriculum map so here it is!

This year-long ESL/ELD curriculum map, broken down by week, will help you plan your year for all 3 language levels.

? Beginner/early intermediate
? Intermediate
? Early Advanced/Advanced

Each month, under each language level there are language components that I teach during that month. You more than likely have your own resources, activities and curriculum to teach these components. ?If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are click-able links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.?

Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!

Click Here to download from TPT!

Every classroom is different! Every teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and administration. That?s OK! For example, March is testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

There is even a column for holidays, which you can use or not use, your choice. How awesome is that people? I mean the whole year is planned out for you.

Click here to download!

Happy Teaching!


Author : noreply@blogger.com (Fun To Teach)
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 May 2019 20:27:00 +0000

?GAMES! engage your students with fun!?

Hello everyone!  
I love games ?? in the classroom and they are a big part of my practice and review time.  Many folks have asked me why I find games so valuable, so I wrote the following!  

 ?Are you struggling to get students to:
  pay attention
  participate in the lessons you teach
  engage in cooperative groups
  attend to tasks that focus on practice
  be responsible for their own learning

If your answer is yes to one or more I suggest you add games to your instruction.

?Why should we include games as part of our instruction?

When we include games in our instruction we tap into the essence of high quality instruction. Games motivate and engage student learning in so many ways.
  Lowers students affective filters
  Creates common classroom experiences
  Develops an environment where it is fun to teach and learn
  Provides a safe place to wrestle with new knowledge
  Retention of knowledge through student interaction 
  Expands subject or topic understanding by hearing different perspectives about the same knowledge
  Constructs social skills

?Notes on classroom management:
Game playing needs to be highly structured. Start with your learning target or objective. Choose a game that tightly corresponds to your objective/target. Make sure the game is reinforcing your lesson.

o   Before game play cover all your expectations.
o   What starts and ends a game?
o   What will the player do?
o   What do the other students do during play?
o   How will you deal with common undesired behavior?
o   Will you use a timer or timekeeper to create a fun sense of urgency?
o   Finally, what is the consequence for misbehavior?
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??Remember:
Games need to be active and engage all players.  Stick to procedures and routines for game playing.  When students know the game procedures and routines more time playing is more time learning.  Don?t hesitate to put your own spin on familiar games.  Use fun ditties to remind students of the rules!  For example, when handing out game pieces recite:  ?You get what you get and don't you don?t throw a fit!?  And when presenting dice:  ?If you throw the dice off the table you loose your turn, roll it gently!? 

Have fun!??








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Publ.Date : Tue, 28 May 2019 00:55:00 +0000

Monday\'s Quote

Happy Teaching!


Lori
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Publ.Date : Mon, 27 May 2019 11:00:00 +0000


Hi everyone,
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Just wanted everyone to know that I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  

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Publ.Date : Thu, 23 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000