Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tried it Tuesday {ELA Stations for Bigger Kids & a FREEBIE!}

I love the fact that it's 9:05 am and I'm still rockin' my pjs, hanging out with my baby watching Gabba Gabba while writing this post for Tried it Tuesday with Holly. Happy Spring Break to me! I'd like to say I'm going on some special getaway, but really we're just hanging out around home, getting a little work done and otherwise being lazy. Prime example below. I do live really close to Destin, Florida, so I guess you could say I can just drive to a vacation whenever I want.. except for the fact that it's only going to be in the 60's today. All you people who get spring break in April will have warmer weather, but I would have died if I had to wait that long! Seriously!

I took advantage of my first free day yesterday to finish up some ELA centers I've been working on FOREVER. I'm so excited for the final product! I've already been trying these out as I made them in my own classroom, and let me tell you... total engagement!

These centers include practice for bigger kids with ABC order, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and guide words. I teach 3rd grade this year and realized that just like with my 4th graders last year, they need help with ABC order. I wanted it to be more authentic than a (cute) picture of a squirrel with a word written on the card to alphabetize, so I made file folders with peoples' names on them. They have to put these in order by last name and then first name.

I've included practice with synonyms and antonyms as well. I tried to make these interactive, but rigorous at the same time. Instead of just "find the synonym," students have to read a sentence with an underlined word (that they probably don't know at this age), then use the context clues within the sentence to figure out a synonym or antonym for that word. They get to cut out words and paste them where they belong. No work for you other than making copies for the students, and possibly laminating the sentence cards for durability if you choose. Page protectors work well, too!

Homophones... this is probably my favorite part! Students will need a bag of "phone cards," (get it, homophones--phone cards?!?), a sentence card and a recording sheet. On the sentence card I give a sentence that included 2 homophones. For example--"Alex grabbed his pale/pail and left for the beach." The students would find the 2 phone cards with pale and pail on them, read the definitions on these cards, and use those definitions to help figure out which is the correct homophone. They circle the answer on their recording sheet, and then write an original sentence using the word they did NOT choose. I love that they must use the definitions and think for themselves!

And lastly, guide word practice. There are 2 interactive pages included (one a little harder than the other), where students cut off the bottom portion and glue the words in the boxes where they belong based on the guide words on the top. 

You can check out these stations in my TPT shop {here}. Want to win a FREE copy?!PIN any of the pictures above, COPY the link and paste it in the comments below. Don't forget to include your email address! ;)

And now for a FREEBIE! With the weather warming up, sometimes a little switch in behavior management is necessary. Click on the picture below to grab free behavior charts from my TpT store. Be sure to FOLLOW ME for updates when I post new products and freebies!

Be sure to link up with Holly for ideas you've tried either at home or school!

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  1. This weather today is not cooperating with my outdoor plans. I'm still in my p.j.'s too! Love your new centers for big kids! Thank you! P.S. I just emailed you. Your comments are going to "no reply"...me no likey that! I had to reply on my blog that I would be over to your house for you to make me some cookies! :) XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/316096467568454938/


  3. This looks amazing!! My kids would totally benefit from your Literacy Stations. I would love to win a copy!! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/319966748498779816/


  4. I would love to have some 60's right about now. Today, it snowed about an inch and the high temp was 22! I'm really jealous of life in Florida. (Just don't remind me of this in August when it is so stinking hot down there!)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. Nor'easter on the way here...it's being described as an "explosive" storm. Scary! Love your centers! I also teach fourth and my kiddos love center work.

  6. I really like the way you designed your centers! I teach second graders, but we are probably a bit on the advanced side, so the work we are supposed to do is often way too easy. These would be challenging!

    Pinned here http://www.pinterest.com/pin/442126888390789442/

    Fingers crossed! tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  7. My favorite vacations are usually staycations! I love to tackle the to-do list at home and feel accomplished and well rested. :) Your ELA centers look AMAZING!! What a labor of love!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. I'm on my spring break too! And, I agree people in April will have warmer weather, but it's a long wait for a break! I'm so glad you said it took you FOREVER to finish your beautiful product-I thought I was the only one to take so many hours! :) See, even though you're in your pajamas you're being productive!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/368380444496402805/

    Wondering if you will still send me a free copy, in much need to centers of my older students!


  10. I would love to win a free copy as I am struggling with the Language Arts portion of my day.http://the4thgradejourney.blogspot.ca/2014/03/tried-it-tuesday-ela-stations-for.html
    Kelli Mowbray. mowbrke@nbed.nb.ca

  11. http://the4thgradejourney.blogspot.com/2014/03/tried-it-tuesday-ela-stations-for.html?m=1
    I LOVE your ideas for centers, and would also love a free copy. I have really struggled with 4th grade centers that my kids would not run screaming from. I think yours just might be IT! Thanks.

  12. http://the4thgradejourney.blogspot.com/2014/03/tried-it-tuesday-ela-stations-for.html?m=1
    I am a first year teacher and teaching 4th grade and I'm struggling in the 2nd week of school to set up literacy and writing stations. Looking for free and wonderful advice to get me going. I loved reading your blog and your suggestions are helpful!

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