My students need literacy centers like these that are both rigorous and fun, but can be used over and over to reinforce the skills taught in class, such as various phonics review and comprehension practice!
The students I work with come from a very low-income neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. I work in not only one, but two, second grade ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classrooms as a Special Education Teacher. In this setting, approximately half of the students have IEP's and are students with disabilities, while the other half of the students are general education students. In both classrooms, the students put forth their best efforts each day, some students just need a little more support than others. One of their favorites times of the day is center time. Center time in my classroom is a time where students get to work with their peers and learn in a way that is fun, but that also promotes independence. Students are asked to complete games or activities that help activate their prior knowledge using skills they have already learned.
These materials will make a difference in our students' learning because literacy centers like these are rigorous, clear and enjoyable, but they also can be differentiated for the lower level learner. They are easy to use, are durable and will be used over and over to reinforce the skills taught in class. Students in our class often need time to practice old skills, as well as new skills. Some of the skills that students need to practice are identifying words with long and short vowels, compound words, sight word practice and reading comprehension strategies.
These centers will improve the students' school lives because they will be able to gain the independence that they need for third grade, during stations, as well as be able to complete a station whether it's with a partner or alone.
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