So, last year I was new to literacy centers. I did the whole trial and error thing and finally figured out a system that worked for me that I liked and that I was comfortable with. Then, this year happened!!!;) With such a Gigantic Kindergarten class (26 little sweeties) at such different levels of ability, my old system just WAS NOT working!! So, after thinking and thinking and thinking of how I could make this time the most beneficial for my kiddos, I decided to split them into 8 groups. I only have 4 different center activities, 2 groups will be working on the same activity, but at different levels. I have tried to differentiate my centers so that every child can be successful during center time and work at his/her own level….no, I don’t get much sleep these days!! LOL!;)
So, with that in mind, here are the centers that we worked on last week during our apple theme:
This is an apple match game. Instead of having two sets of cards, I just made a set with apples on them. Then, for the numbers I made a work mat to match the apple cards to. I cut slits in the work mat and put paper clips through them to hold the cards in place. This makes it SOOOOOO much easier for them to keep track of their materials!! As you can see, on this response sheet, the kiddos just have to trace the number and draw that many apples underneath.
This is the same center, but with a little bit more difficult response sheet. These students have to know how to write and form numbers on their own. They also have to be able to put the numbers in the correct order:
For this center, everyone did the same thing;) They had to spin each spinner to see which shape to trace and which color to trace it with.
This response sheet is a little easier than the one shown above. The numbers are already under each basket, so they just have to trace it. The number are in order on this paper, so if they can’t identify numbers yet, I can show them how to point to each one and count to figure out what number it is.
We also did an apple spinner graph, but, I don’t have a picture of it…sorry!!! There are several different graphs to choose from.
All of these apple math centers can be found in my apple math centers pack on TPT. I added a little more cuteness to some of the response sheets and work mats before I put them on TPT:) You can check it out by clicking on the picture below!!
This center came from Miss Kindergarten. It is an absolutely ADORABLE capital/lowercase match file folder game. Visit Hadar to grab your FREE copy!!! Don’t forget to leaver her some good feedback on TPT if you grab it!!;) Again, I cut slits in the game above each apple and slid paperclips in so that when they found a match, it would be held in place. It’s so frustrating when the pieces are sliding all over the place!
This is the same center, but I only gave this group 1/2 of the game (A-M). I also outlined the apples with different color markers before I laminated them. If you look closely, you will see that both of the c’s are outlined in red, both of the i’s are outlined in blue, etc. This made it much easier for the kiddos who don’t know all of their letters to find the matches. Then, they record them on their response sheet.
You can grab the response sheet here:
This is an ABC order center. These students will work to figure out which letter comes next in the sequence. They will use their apple letter tiles to fill in the missing letter and record it on their response sheet.
This is the same center, but instead of matching the letter, the students can lift the flap to take a peek and see if their answer is correct, or how to write a letter that they might not know.
This center can be found in my TPT store. Click on the pic below to check it out!!
This apple rhyming center is from an old Mailbox magazine. I colored the apple halves to match. The students color the rhyming matches the same color as they apple. For example, clock and lock would both be colored black because they are on the black apple, log and frog would be colored yellow because they are on the yellow apple, etc.
This last center is from Making Learning Fun. The students match the color word leaf to the apple with that color worm on it!;)
I made these response 2 sheet to go with them. The students will write or trace the word on the line and color the worm that color.click below to grab them both!
So what do you think?? Any other suggestions to help differentiate my centers would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!