Listening Centers and Literacy Links

Includes Learning Centers for the Primary Grades

Word Work

                    Listening Centers

                WHY? What are the benefits to students?

                 build sight vocabulary

                model of phrasing and fluency

                exposure to a variety of story structures (genres)

                provide access if higher text levels

                Listening skills

                foster independence

                compliment/supplement content curriculum

                sources of book talk

        opportunity to listen to own taped reading  for self   assessment


               WHAT? What kinds of text materials can be used?

                leveled books

                teacher made tapes

                newspaper articles



                genre and author study texts

                 student made tapes

                book pairs to compare/contrast (fiction vs. non, similar

                   characters, different versions of the same story, etc.)



                HOW? What outcomes are expected? How do we assess?

                retells (written, oral, illustrated)

                 readers respond (make connections to self, to text, to world)

                 create plays

                 Venn diagrams

                 graphic organizers

                  compare predictions with story

                change story elements (character, setting,  problem


                 record or use high frequency words



              Managing Centers


room arrangement

traffic flow

materials needed

student response at center



How to do the center activity

How to more around room

How to whisper

Signal for quiet

How to take out and clean up materials

How to work in a group

How to solve their own problems



Post and discuss rules for centers (teacher imposed or jointly created)

Noise level acceptable

Cleaning up after centers

Taking turns

Listening skills

Solve problems without interrupting teacher


In the Beginning

Review center from previous day

Review rules and expectations

Whole class share ~ how are centers going


Have a center day and take no groups ~ just observe or do individual conferences

Rules and expectations



               The items above are from a PDP session we had at school, Oct. 2002

Learning Centers: K

Reading: 1-2

Literacy Centers

Enjoying Literacy

Literacy Center Ideas

Primary Learning Center Ideas 

Center Activities

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators 

Enjoying Literacy


Word Work

WHY? To reinforce:

spelling patterns

word attack

connections between reading and writing

phonemic awareness

noticing distinctions between letter, words, chunks, clusters


WHAT? Types of word work we use includes:

sorts of letters, words and pictures (common parts, common patterns, common sounds, plural vs. singular, etc.)

word parts (puzzles, building new words from a known pattern or part, syllables)

searches (parts, patterns, words from poems, stories, around the room)

cut up stories and poems

fill in letters (of high frequency words and sight words, use picture clues to write initial letters or final letters of key words, make new words by changing middles of words-pat, put, pit. pet, pot, part, port.

HOW? What outcomes are expected? How do we assess? Links

record of word lists


wikki sticks 

              Wikki Sticks can be found at your teacher's store. They can be found also on the  internet 48 for $5.00. They are also like candle wicks but waxier. They can be used to highlight
words or easily shaped into letters.  The kids love them because they can
move them around. It makes it fun for them. 

Working with Words

4 Blocks working with words

Mrs. Holloway's Class

Readinglady Working with Words