Literacy Centers and Games

I’ve been talking about trying to develop some literacy centers for my seventh grade ELD classes for some time now. Some vague ideas keep hovering at the periphery of my mind, but I haven’t taken the time to sit down and actually think them through. I think it might help to develop a page here on which to collect them as I work toward actual implementation. Kind of a brainstorm page. So, here goes. You who read this, please, please feel welcome to add ideas! I’m obviously searching here…

1. SMART Board activities: When I do things on the SMART Board, it seems to engage a couple of kids at a time and the rest make other plans. I have found it helps to have a whole class activity going on while the SMART activity is happening. I have given all the kids something to do, and then made a list on the whiteboard of those kids who want to do the SMART activity (I’ve noticed that not all of them want to participate with it, for some reason). They then come up and do it when their turn comes up. If they want another chance at it, they just re-add their name to the bottom of the list after they’ve had their turn.

Activities that work well for this include Anagrams for spelling and Keyword matching for vocabulary and definitions.
2. Magnetic Poetry
3. Spelling practice using Scrabble tiles
4. Independent or paired reading. (Wait, most of my students say the don’t like to read, and would rather talk. Could I convince them to try independent reading?)
5. Reader’s Theater
6. Listening Center (Need equipment for this.)
7. Online grammar activities?
8. Twiducate set up with an assignment to do.
9. Grammar work station: Use Mad-libs, color coded parts of speech activities, use magnetic poetry words to create sentences, then label parts of speech.
10. Use Magnetic poetry words to do sentence expansion activity.
11. Word games like Scrabble and Boggle
12. A vocabulary development station
13. A center for using prefixes, roots and suffixes to play with creating words.
14. Drawing or creating something hands-on like a ‘foldable’ or three-dimensional organizer of some sort.
15. A writing center.
16. Mini- Scattergories
17. See how many words you can find in a longer word.
18. Sentence construction using magneticpoetry or sentence strips.
I hope it’s obvious that this is a brainstorming place, and that I wouldn’t think of doing more than a few of these at one time, and that the type and purpose would have to be varied enough to keep them interested.


2 thoughts on “Literacy Centers and Games

  1. Monica says:

    Your site is wonderfully helpful! I’m in my third year of teaching 6th grade English and finally felt brave enough to tackle centers. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration. Your site helps keep me going and helps me to come up with new ideas! If you’d like to follow my blog (even though it’s not updated very often), it is

    Best wishes,

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