How I do centers at the beginning of the year and how I do them second semester is totally different because my students are capable of so much more and can handle the freedom of more choices.
Each center has some sort of writing (sometimes full page, sometimes half page). For my scavenger hunt and write the room, they are only half pages. I have picture cards (I Can cards) in each basket/tub. They do the “paper” activity first and then do the other activity next. For example, their tub may have two cards in it. One shows a Write the Room picture and another shows Big Books. After they write the room, they go to big books.
Everything goes home every day. When I create centers, I have the same focus sight words (or whatever we are working on) for every center. If we are working on the words “like, go, see, can, my” then all word work centers will have those words. That way they are getting good exposure every day.
You can find cool hole punches on Amazon, at Michaels & Hobby Lobby too. Kids love cool stuff. Click the picture above or HERE to see more about this center.
I also have a Scavenger Hunt FREEBIE that you can grab HERE.
Centers should be actively engaging.
Centers should provide more time for the teacher to work with small groups.
Expectations should be clear and modeled before implementing centers.
Student growth is the ultimate goal.