Sunday, September 16, 2012

Power Hour

I thought I would share how we do our rotations in our room. We have four rotations. Two in the morning and two in the afternoon. I like that way better, that way the kids aren't doing four rotations at one time.  We have seat work, vocabulary, table, center. Each rotation lasts 20 minutes.Each center is part of the daily five. center 1 is word work, center 2 is spelling, center 3 is listening center, and center 4 is reading/writing center. The bottom picture is how we group each of the groups. To make it easier on the students we put a black paper that covers the two rotations. First graders would be overwhelmed with reading four rotations. So this makes it much easier for them to see where they're supposed to be.             

Afternoon rotations for the blue group. (sorry it's so blurry)

Morning rotations for the blue group.

At each center we have a basket of books, in case they get done early with their rotation. They can read books until it is time to rotate. We were having problems with scissors missing at the centers so we used shoelaces to tie the scissors to the basket. Now every center has a pair of scissors. (My colleague came up with this great idea).

Each center has a number so all of the students know where to go.

How do you organize your centers?


  1. My centers are very similar. We do 2 centers a day , which include reading to self, reading to others, reading with the teacher, spelling, and writing. The kids switch every 20 minutes.


    Stories from Room 114

  2. Rikki, those are SO CUTE!! I love the numbers on the chairs and your scissor idea is fabulous. Thanks for sharing that!! I use The Daily 5 instead of centers, but I do have a similar 'rotation' model. I felt that I had to schedule the D5 activities in order to meet with the groups I wanted to, I had to make a schedule. So I have similar posters like you, but it's just one. :)

    Have a great week!
    Second Grade Sparkle


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