Center Rotations {Freebie}

Happy Halloween!  Today, I was Batgirl... a big hit with my kiddos {and trick-or-treaters at my house}!  I don't know about you, but I am stuffed full of pizza, chips, and candy!  It was a bad eating day for sure :)

I recently posted a photo of this year's center work board on my Instagram, and it sparked some interest among Cupcake followers!  Here is the pic I posted:

I changed things up from last year... I'll explain how I make things work!

I have six groups {giraffes, bears, hippos, zebras, lions, tigers} and each group includes 3-4 students on different skill levels.  This way my kiddos can help each other, and it cuts down on interruptions during guided reading.  Each day, groups visit one center for about 30-35 minutes.  After the first marking period, groups will visit two centers per day for about 20 minutes each. 

  Since I have six groups, I have six center baskets {labeled #1-6} and since there are only five days in a week, I do two separate center rotations {35 mins each} on Wednesdays to ensure that every group gets to every center.  I happen to have extra time on Wednesday mornings, so this works perfectly for my class.  On Monday, the giraffes will complete basket #1, on Tuesday they'll do basket #3, and so on.  When I move to two centers per day {and I guess four on Wednesdays} I will have a second set of six baskets in a different spot, also labeled #1-6, to cut down on confusion.

I have found that numbering my center baskets is much better {for me} than labeling them with specifics like "write the room," or "word work."  With numbers, I'm not limited and I can throw whatever work I want into whichever basket.  It's just easier and quicker for me this way.  Each week I always include a writing center, a buddy reading center, and a spelling center; the other three vary but always have something to do with what we are learning, and they are usually themed!  Apples, pumpkins... the kids love it!

I used to put certain baskets at certain tables, and each day my kiddos had to move with the basket.  I look back and think that was insane.  Now, my groups start out in the same spot everyday.  I count to three and we sing a song as we all get up and go to our center starting points.  Each week we pick a new song so it doesn't get boring!  This week we are singing The Wheels on the Bus.  My kids know where to go {bears start at table #2, zebras start at table #4, etc.}.  When we are done singing, my kiddos know to be QUIET and wait for instructions.  I quickly remind them which basket they're working on that day, and my center captains {also changed weekly} are responsible for getting the baskets, handing out materials, and then making sure the baskets are organized and put away at the end of centers.  I usually give a five minute warning before clean up time... then we will sing again and head back to our regular seats.

And that's that {I think}!  I hope I was able to explain my center routine in a way that makes sense.  If you have another other questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them!  Also, if you're interested in my rotation cards, I put them into a Google doc for you to grab for free!  If you do pick 'em up, I'd love a comment! :)

Night, night friends!  Bugs and hisses for you!! ;)


Miss Teacher Resources 101 said...

I love this!! So Cute and adorable!! I currently have another system in place but this may be something that I try in the future!! At the vert least, I may use your picture cards for referencing the 6 groups in my class!! Perfect :)

Miss Teacher Resources 101 said...

I love this!! So Cute and adorable!! I currently have another system in place but this may be something that I try in the future!! At the vert least, I may use your picture cards for referencing the 6 groups in my class!! Perfect :)

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

Thank you so much. What I really appreciate is that you provided multiple variations with the numbering. That super because my extra day is Friday, so the 5&6 card would work for me. Thanks for sharing.

Samantha Kearns said...

Thank you for the excellent explanation! I'm looking to switch up the way I do things next year once I have one year of our new reading program under my belt. I am definitely pinning this post for reference! Thank you again for sharing! :)

Tales of a #teachernerd

Julie Stowe said...

This post was really helpful. I'm just starting daily five and I am going to implement your transitions ideas on Monday. I love the idea of singing changes and I would love to use your group names and numbers. Thank you for your kindness.
Julie :-)
Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

Stephanie C said...

Thank you so much for sharing your center rotation cards! I love your pink pocket chart. Where did you get it from?


Abbey said...

More bloggy LOVE for you in this week's post! :)


Stephanie said...

Love this idea! I am new to K and coming from a Daily 5 mindset in first grade. I think this system will work great for me! Thanks for the freebie!!!! You never cease to amaze me!!

Mrs. Gonzalez said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I am gathering ideas together now as I plan to introduce the daily 5 system to my class in January. Your explanation was easy to understand. I love to hear from other teachers about how they implement routines like this in their classrooms. I am excited to use these beautiful cards! Thanks again!

Di said...

Thank you for sharing these are adorable!! Love Love!

Sydney Wigington said...

This is incredible! Thank you so much for explaining and sharing!

Autumn Pilat said...

hi...I love this idea!! I tried to open the link, but there is nothing there. Has it been taken down?

Mrs. South Mrs. Moon said...

I love your costume! I'm doing a Super Hero themed in my classroom and would love to make one. Do you have a tutorial for it? Thanks! -Tracy

Marielle Slappe said...

I LOVE this! I need to add a group though, do you remember what font you used for the numbers?

Caroline Avila said...

I hope you still read the comments, can I have an editable file? I need to change the days of the week to match beginning letters in Spanish, l for lunes, m for martes, m for miercoles, etc. and work board title too

also what kind of pocket chart did you use? was it for strips or did it have individual pockets for the cards?

Sheena Griffin said...

HI I was wondering where you got your pocket chart. I love how they fit perfectly on there.

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