Literacy PK-3

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Literacy Centers


Literacy centers with reading games, manipulatives, and activities support learner interests and promote the development of more complex reading skills and social interactions. Having centers or stations with activities that students can do independently and with peers supports differentiation and allows them to meaningfully practice different reading skills.

  • Depending on the types of activities a teacher chooses for each literacy center, students can practice a variety of skills:
    • Games, manipulatives, and word sorts can be used to target Phonological Awareness, Morphological Awareness, and Decoding.
    • Providing books and reading materials at varying levels of complexity allows for choice while also strengthening Narrative Skills and Background Knowledge.
    • Cooperative learning methods, such as [partner read-alouds][1] and [reciprocal teaching][2], support reading comprehension while also boosting Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.
    • Teachers also have the opportunity to work with a small group on a targeted skill to support individual needs.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this first grade teacher implements literacy centers in her classroom. By using various materials like pocket charts and magnet letters, she has engaging stations where students practice and apply what they are learning, like Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness.

  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products are often used as both a collaborative and independent center activity. They can provide extra practice, including guided practice for students who need extra support.
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