So many teachers are worrying about what school may look like this fall. We have been working frantically to find ways to help ease the work load and simplify the very likely hybrid of in-class learning and at-home learning this year.
We started by creating some digital resources for teachers, but realized that just wasn’t enough. As schools began sharing their plans for this fall, we knew teachers were going to need resources that easily transitioned between home and school.
While trying to manage distance learning last March, our small group literacy block was the first thing to go. We couldn’t even fathom how this could be done during distance learning. Since small group literacy instruction has always been our favorite time of the school day (and also one of the most valuable blocks of time during the day) we started searching for a solution to be able to fluidly continue this practice whether students are at home or in school.
First, we created 100 digital literacy centers. These centers are all paperless and pre-loaded to Seesaw and Google Slides. Due to social distancing and sanitizing issues, we wanted students to be able to complete their literacy centers without actually having to go to a center if needed. They can practice sight words, word work, writing, and respond to texts completely digitally. Students can turn in all their work from centers digitally as well.
If you haven’t used Seesaw or Google Classroom yet, you will be amazed at how quickly you can see which students have completed their center work and which students didn’t hand it in. No more going through (literally) hundreds of worksheets after centers each day!
If you teach your students how to complete the centers digitally, then they will easily be able to complete the centers whether they are in the classroom or distance learning.
We created several pages to help you easily transition students from classroom literacy centers to literacy centers that can be completed at home. Whatever your schedule may look like next year, your students can continually practice literacy centers!
Response to Reading in the classroom
Response to Reading at Home
We included literacy center work board icons, literacy center checklists, an editable letter to send to parents, editable lists for word work, editable writing prompts, and a reading list for students to track the books they read for the week.
You can easily have students complete the center rotations at home with these editable files. Then, during your video calls you only have to worry about the “meet with teacher” center. Parents will also love the simplicity of having their child independently practice centers for an hour each day if they are at home.