Friday, July 6, 2012

Back To School Literacy Center

I created these literacy centers to match the skills taught the first week in my reading series, Harcourt Storytown.   Our first story is Arthur's Reading Race (Theme 1 Lesson 1).

I use these activities in small group and in my word work station later in the year for review.  I also have used these activities when I send homework home to be used for the students in the extended day program.

This entire pack is in my TPT store for  $4.

First is a short a and short i word sort using the spelling words for the week.  This short vowel word sort address the First Grade Common Core Standard: RF. 1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. *Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.  This activity includes a recording sheet.

 Next is Pack your Backpack with Syllables.  Students will read words and sort into groups based on the number of syllables in a word.  This also includes a recording sheet.


Is It A Sentence? activity has students locate a group of words that is not a sentence and create a new sentence from the group of words.  This activity addresses the second grade common core standard:  L.21f Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

In Back To School Synonyms students match words with like meanings. This back to school activity address the Second Grade Common Core Standard:  L.2.5b  Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs  (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).  A recording sheet is included in this activity.

Back to School Create A Sentence is just for fun.  This is something that they all did in first grade and it a great review for the start of second grade. 

I love Roll and Read.  In this version students will be reading classroom rules, bus rules and school related words.

Finally,  vocabulary dominoes.  Students are just match school words with their definitions.

I have just created a Teacher's Notebook shop.  Here I am going separate the activities for everyone who doesn't want to by the entire set.  One of the activities is for Free.  So please go check out my new TN store.  I hope to add more as time goes on. 


  1. Do you have any packs that address 3rd grade CCSS?

    One Class, One Sound

    1. Hey Patti,
      If you will give me a couple of ideas I will make you some!

  2. Hi Mechele! I just found your blog & I'm your newest follower! Your pack looks super cute!! I am excited to follow along with your blog. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure