Monday, July 02, 2012

Literacy Centers 101: Pocket Chart Center

Day 3 of my summer vacation and what am I doing???
Well, I did have a wonderful time today at Centre Island with my husband, kiddies and dear friends of ours.
But I am also hard at work!
Yes, I just can't seem to stay away from this computer!

Since I have received A LOT of e-mails this past school year asking about my Literacy Center time, I thought I would share a little bit more about that with you.
Each week during the summer, I plan on explaining one of my Literacy Centres...starting today with my Pocket Chart Centre (this is a favourite in my class!).
I have various pocket charts in my classroom.
When my students arrive each morning, they find their name card on the floor and place it in the "I am at school today" pocket chart.  The helpers of the day place any students who are away on the side (smaller) pocket chart, "Who is at home today?"
My Literacy Centre cards are housed in a pocket chart which I change every week.
This coming school year, I plan on changing things up just a bit...I'll keep you posted!
You can here to read more about that and to get your free centre cards.
I also use pocket charts often during instructional times in the day - for instance, when we are learning about the Child of the Day (more to come on this in a few weeks), building a sentence, sorting letter sounds, etc.
I even use it during math time!
When my students are assigned the Pocket Chart Centre, they have specific tasks to do.  Most of the time, there are predictable sentences in which students must match the words, pictures and then complete the worksheet.
Since I have varied levels in my class (which class doesn't?) those students who were only able to match the picture to the sentence or word to word could do just that.  For those students who were able, I kept a paper basket on the side with a container filled with coloured pencil crayons.  They would also complete the accompanying worksheet for a challenge.

At times, I like to reinforce a skill or concept taught and I will place it at the Pocket Chart Center.  For instance, when we discuss syllables, I would put out this activity.

Click on the picture cards below for your free download.
I just uploaded my All Year Long Pocket Chart Activities to TpT.  I have included 20 fun activities for you to print, photocopy, laminate and have ready-to-go at your Pocket Chart Center!
Your students will have so much fun playing and learning at the same time!
*I have included a free pocket chart activity when you download the preview at TpT.  Be sure to check it out!*
There are a few other pocket chart activities I have available on TpT.

Alphabet Picture Cards Sort

Pocket Chart Alphabet Center Cards

Pocket Chart Math Center Cards

If you would like to link up with me and share a bit about your Literacy Centers, I would love to read all about it!




8 comments:

  1. This looks amazing!! I have added it to my wishlist.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  2. I also love using my pocket chart both as a whole group and as a center. Thanks for the syllable sort!
    Michelle

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  3. Looks great!! I love to use pocket charts!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  4. Thank you for the Pocket Chart freebie. You can never have too many ideas for the pocket chart center. Thank you also for the linky party. I joined the party.

    Sue

    www.arainbowofteaching.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing! I have always been interested in pocket charts, would love to use one during morning group and in our centers activities this year!
    Charlene
    kachinan@hotmail.com

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  6. I'm obsessed with pocket charts! Have been ever since I discovered all the cute colors and shapes they come in! Thanks for sharing this great resource. It's always nice to try something new!
    Speaking of new, please come by my blog and let me know what you think. I'm just beginning my blogging journey. After over a year of only taking, I figured it was about time I give back!

    Best wishes,
    Rebecca

    1stgradefascination.blogspot.com

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