Literacy Centres Ideas
Listen to the DirectionsPrimary Skill: listening
Listen to directions on a tape and do what it tells you. Eg: draw a pink circle, write the name of your favourite animal...
Listen to a Story and DrawPrimary Skill: listening
Listen to a story and draw pictures that go along with it.
Listen and RecallPrimary Skill: listening
Listen and recall a sequences of letters, numbers, or words.
Listen to YourselfPrimary Skills: reading, listening
Provide blank tapes and a tape recorder for students to tape themselves reading a book or some poems. Then have themselves listen to their reading. (you can even keep a tape for each student as a record of their reading progress for evaluation)
Listen and ReadPrimary Skills: reading, listening
Listen to stories on tape and read along with print versions of the story. You can make tapes of the stories with your own voice and/or encourage parents and other relatives to make some to bring in the classroom
What Will the Ending Be?Primary Skills: writing, listening
Listen to the beginning of a story, poem, or song and finish the story by drawing pictures and/or writing it out.
The Books I Have Read JournalPrimary Skills: reading, writing
Read a book and draw and/or write out what you thought of it. .
Personal JournalPrimary Skill: writing
Write about whatever you want.
Fill In the Missing Letters and/or WordsPrimary Skills: writing
Write out a poem or a message on the board or on photocopied paper, leave out some parts, and allow the students to fill in the missing sections.
Word Family Post-ItPrimary Skills: reading, writing
On a card write out a word from a word family that you are studying and stick it on a wall or a black board. Have children write out a word that belongs to the same family on a post-it note and then stick it underneath. Encourage children to keep sticking notes until they have posted all the words in the family that they know and they have formed a long column of words. You can also have them transfer these words into a book format (with the post-it notes stuck together) to hand them in at the end.
Stamp StoriesPrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Write out a story and illustrate it using ink stamps.
Make a Silly SentencePrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Pick words out of a bag and put them together to make a silly sentences. Copy the sentence out and accompany it with an illustration.
Painting SentencePrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Paint a scene and then write out a sentence to go with the scene on the bottom of the paper.
Computer PublishingPrimary Skills: writing, typing
Write out a story on the computer.
Put the Pages of the Book in OrderPrimary Skill: reading
Have photocopies of pictures of a simple story and ask students to look at the pictures to put the pages of the book in order so that it makes sense and tells a logical story.
Poetry Put TogetherPrimary Skill: reading
Glue a poem on the front of a manilla envelope. On the inside of the manilla envelope, place the words to the poem printed on small individual pieces of poster board. Students are to put the poem together, word-by-word. When finished the individual ask students to read the poem to a friend or the teacher, then place words back into the envelope.
Alphabet BookPrimary Skills: reading, writing
Make a book of the letters of the alphabet and draw an illustration for each letter. Or cut out pictures from magazines to illustrate it.
Word SearchesPrimary Skills: reading, writing
Laminate word search puzzles and have students solve them with eraseable markers
Story TellingPrimary Skills: writing, drawing, reading, speaking
Write out a story with illustrations and share it with the class.
Flannel BoardPrimary Skills: reading
Organize a story on a flannel board using flannel characters.
Big BooksPrimary Skill: reading
Have a wide selection of big books for students to read with a partner or on their own.
Read AlonePrimary Skills reading
Choose books from the class library and read quietly and alone. Record the books that you read in your reading log.
Chalkboard WritingPrimary Skill: writing
Practice the alphabet or writing stories on chalkboards.
Printing PracticePrimary Skill: writing
Laminate sheets with large letters of the alphabet and have children trace the letters with eraseable markers.
Tongue TwistersPrimary Skills: reading, speaking
Have photocopies of a variety of tongue twisters and have students practice reading them. Share the twister with other students or the teacher.
Author/Theme Book BoxPrimary Skills: reading
Collect books by the same author and/or themes.
Character MatchingPrimary Skill: reading, memory, listening
In one zip-loc baggie have pictures of the characters in books that you have been reading to the class. In another zip-loc baggie have the names of these characters written out on seperate cards. Students have to match the characters' pictures with their names.
Computer GamesPrimary Skills: depends on the program, computer
Play language arts games on the computer.
Writing Around the RoomPrimary Skills: writing, reading
Copy down as many words that are displayed around the room as you can. Or in partners, one partner points to a word and the other partner writes it down and vice versa.
Fishing for WordsPrimary Skill: writing
On 3"x5" cards print the students spelling words, fold in half, and fasten search with a paper clip. Place the cards in a large fish bowl. Using a toy fishing pole or a long stick, place a magnet on the string. The students go fishing for a spelling word to practice. When the "catch" a word, they take it off their line and write it out on a piece of paper.
Scrambled WordsPrimary Skill: reading
Cut up the letters of a word, display them in a pocket chart, and have students scramble the letters to try to figure out the word and /or see how many other words can be created.
Egg SpellersPrimary Skill: writing
Write the spelling words on small pieces of paper and place them inside plastic eggs. Students pick the eggs from a basket. The students then must write that word on a piece of paper.
Post OfficePrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Provide a collection of stationary (envelopes of different sizes, different types of paper, and don't forget the stamps!) for the students to write on. Set up a pocket system for them to send letters to members of the class.
Book MakingPrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Make a book about anything. Have things like staplers, crayons, paper, stamps, glue, etc. handy.
Magazine DictionaryPrimary Skills: writing, drawing
Every week, choose a new letter and have students find as many pictures in magazines that start with the letter. Glue all these pictures on one page, title the page with the letter of the week, and write out the words under each picture. Eventully staple all the pages together to make a magazine dictionary.
Order the AlphabetPrimary Skill: reading
Students put mixed up letters of the alphabet in order.
Puppet PlayPrimary Skills: writing, speaking
In a group, write out a play to perform with puppets and present it to the class.
Magnetic LettersPrimary Skill: writing
Practice spelling words on the blackboard using magnetic letters.
Rainbow SpellingPrimary Skill: writing
Write out spelling words in colored pencil or markers.
Kids' Name Matching GamePrimary Skill: reading
Place a photo of each child in your class on its zip-loc baggie. Then inside the baggie include a strip with that child's name and the individual letters that make up that child's name. A student unzips the bag, takes out the name strip, puts it on the baggie above the child's picture, then "spells" the name with the individual letters below the picture. Encourage the kids to work in their own large area and do one name at a time so that the seperate letters stay in the right baggies.
Also look at Alphabet Art , a few fun mediums you can use to help your students form letters of the alphabet.