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Student Center Activities, Grades K-1 (Revised, 2008)

Frequently Asked Questions about the K-5 Student Center Activities.


During the Spring 2004 Florida Reading First school site visits, staff from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) determined that teachers may benefit from classroom materials that would be immediately useful in implementing independent student center activities.

In 2004-2005, a team of teachers at FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. These materials were revised in 2008.

The K-1 Student Center Activities include three books and one DVD:
1. Phonological Awareness and Phonics Student Center Activities
2. Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Student Center Activities
3. Teacher Resource Guide (accompanied by a Professional Development DVD)

The first two books contain Activity Plans and Activity Masters that are ready for immediate use in classrooms. The third book, the Teacher Resource Guide, is an informative guide offering important insight on differentiated instruction and how to use the student center materials. The Professional Development DVD explains how to prepare and implement student centers and provides specific details about the activities.

Accessing Professional Development DVD, Teacher Resource Guide, and Student Center Activities

The DVD is organized using the same section titles as those found in the Teacher Resource Guide. Specific sections can be located quickly or, it may be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the link below.

The Teacher Resource Guide is posted below as a PDF file. The individual chapters are divided into two parts (i.e., Part 1 and Part 2) for easier access. Individual pages or chapters can be printed by choosing the pages or page range desired. Chapters can also be printed in their entirety.

The K-1 activities are posted below as PDF files. Some of the files are divided into parts (i.e., Part 1, Part 2, etc.) for easier access. The individual Activity Plans, Masters, and Student Sheets can be printed by choosing the pages or page range desired. Activities can also be printed by reading component in their entirety. Please be aware that some of these files are quite large.

Activities will pop-up in a new browser window. Be aware that sometimes the activities will open behind your current browser or that some pop-up blockers will not allow access.

Since these files are very large it is recommended that you download them onto your computer and open the files there. Right click on the link and choose Save As. Even after the first page is displayed it will take some time for the rest of the file to load especially if you do not have a high speed connection.

Kindergarten and First Grade Professional Development DVD

Adobe® Reader version 5.0 or above is required to view these documents.

Kindergarten and First Grade Student Center Activities
Teacher Resource Guide
Part One Part Two
• Five Components of Reading • Crosswalk
• Frequently Asked Questions ** It is recommended that you download the Crosswalk onto your computer and open it there. Right click on the link and choose Save As.
• Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom
• Interpretation and Implementation of Activity Plans
Part Three  
• K-1 Glossary of Reading Terms  
• References  
Book One - Phonological Awareness and Phonics
Introduction & Contents
Phonological Awareness
Part One Part Three
• Rhyme • Phoneme Matching
• Alliteration Part Four
Part Two • Phoneme Isolating
• Sentence Segmentation • Phoneme Segmenting
• Syllables Part Five
• Onset and Rime • Phoneme Segmenting and Blending
• Phoneme Manipulating
Part One Part Five
• Letter Recognition • High Frequency Words
Part Two Part Six
• Letter-Sound Correspondence • Variant Correspondences
Part Three Part Seven
• Onset and Rime • Syllable Patterns
Part Four • Morpheme Structures
• Encoding and Decoding  
Book Two - Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
Introduction & Contents
All Parts
• Letter Recognition • High Frequency Words
• Letter-Sound Correspondence • Oral Reading
All Parts
• Word Identification/Words in Context • Words That Describe/Word Meaning
• Word Categorization/Word Knowledge • Word Structure/Word Analysis
All Parts
• Sentence Structure and Meaning • Story Structure
• Monitoring for Meaning • Main Idea/Summarizing
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