How we do literacy centers

Hope you all are having a great start to your week!  We've been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY and it seems like as the weeks go on our schedules get even busier!  We're on our second week of literacy centers  and we're hoping that in a month, when all of the centers have been introduced and fully implemented,    things will be running smoothly.
  With the new program our district has adopted we've had to change our structure for reading groups, and we've had to change the way we teach reading.  Our reading instruction begins with whole group instruction for 40 minutes.  After whole group instruction our students are split into 6 groups and go to their first literacy center.  We meet with our first reading group at this time.  our students are in their literacy centers for 20-25 minutes then we rotate for a second and third session and meet with two more reading groups. 
Since our structure for reading has changed we needed to create new plans and rotation schedules to make that all of our students rotate evenly through centers and meet with us based upon their needs.  

Here is what our small group reading plans and rotation schedule look like:

If you have PowerPoint and you'd like an editable version of the plans above just click{HERE}!

After introducing each literacy center to our students, the charts go on our literacy center bulletin board so we can refer to them often.  
Here's a picture of one of our bulletin boards:

Here's a picture of our literacy center pocket chart cards.  The colors stand for each table group.  Our kiddos rotate through centers with their table group.  

And here's one of our small group reading areas!

Do you have literacy centers/stations going on in your classroom while you teach small reading groups?  We'd LOVE to hear any ideas and/or tips your incorporate.
Just comment below!

Don't forget to stop on by our TpT store and check out our Literacy Center Pocket Cahrt Cards and Posters that are shown above.  

Our pack includes:

*Literacy Center Chart Header 
*12 Literacy center cards that fit nicely in a pocket chart
-Silent Reading
-Buddy Reading
-Word Work
-Computers & Listening
-Paper Practice
-Teacher Time
*Just Right Books Poster 
 * 12 Literacy Center Expectation Posters

Our literacy Center Pocket Chart Cards and posters can be found {HERE}

Have a FABULOUS rest of the week and we hope you all have a relaxing weekend!
 We're definitely looking forward to it!


  1. Your literacy center stuff looks awesome. Just now starting to get mine around, so you are inspiring me!


  2. My school forced-- I mean IMPLEMENTED the Daily 5... It is quite the transition from regular centers, but I am liking it... Still working out some accountability and time issues, but overall it's good :)
    Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach

  3. Hey...this would be great to link up to my guided reading linky! :)

  4. I am also working w/ guided groups. I try and meet w/ 3 every day, still working to get that 4th group in each day. Right now its rotating w/ 3 one group does not meet w/ me ea day. Its so hard. I feel they all need that direct instruction ea day, it just doesnt all fit right now. Maybe soon we can wiggle out the "wasted" transtion time.

    I had to shelf the D5, its something that my team implemented last year and love, I just have a REALLY hard time this year w/ getting it off the ground. I am hoping to get the transition mid-year, however, I am sure it will still be a transition.

    Kindergarten is such a pickle w/ that ....yet I know ppl can do it. I will keep plugging!! :D thanks for sharing!


  5. This looks great, but how do you meet with all 6 groups? I'm only seeing time to meet with 3 per day. Am I reading this wrong?

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Im so happy in reading your blogs information.

  7. Great info - I love seeing how others do things in their classroom. Thanks for sharing! :oD
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  8. Kara- Thanks so much for your question :) Go ahead and email us at and we'll get back to you through email.