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Learning Centres

Students work in cooperative groups while the teacher takes groups for structured focused reading and writing activities. Centres provide authentic reading and writing tasks. Students engage in independent practice of their emerging literacy skills and strategies.


Reading Learning Centres

  • Listening post
  • Quiet reading — box books at group level
  • Sequencing pictures
  • Sequencing text
  • Snap — initial sound/letter, blends, middle sounds
  • Make a story — retell stories
  • Print walks — write known words around the room
  • Word search — find high frequency words in literature
  • Letter/sound dominoes
  • Letter categories — classifying pictures
  • Fishing game
  • Sequencing — letters, words, sentences — cut and paste
  • Buddy reading
  • Bingo
  • Reader's theatre
  • Newspaper scavenger hunt
  • Word wall sort
  • Make-it centre — with written instructions
  • Classifying words
  • Story retelling
  • Independent reading
  • Cloze activities
  • Cloze with sentence strips
  • Letter collage
  • Book report
  • Author profile
  • Illustrator profile
  • Write a new ending

Writing Learning Centres

  • Language experience — recorded by an adult
  • Barrier game
  • Cut out letters — spell words
  • Spelling journal activities
  • Letter/sound search — from books, text
  • Play-dough letters
  • Handwriting
  • Beat the timer — write as many words as possible
  • Write the captions for a given picture
  • Speech bubbles
  • Publishing centre
  • Write a postcard, recipe, report
  • Magnetic letters
  • Independent writing
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