Florida Center for Reading Research

for EDUCATORS


Student Center Activities


Grades 4-5 (2007)

Frequently Asked Questions about the K-5 Student Center Activities

Introduction

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 Student Center Activities, Teacher Resource Guide, and accompanying Professional Development DVD (K-1 Project) can be accessed at http://www.fcrr.org/for-educators/sca.asp.

In 2005-2006, a team of teachers at FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in second and third grade classrooms.

In 2006-2007, FCRR reviewed current research, collected ideas, and created materials for use in fourth and fifth grade classrooms.

The 4-5 Student Center Activities include three books and one DVD:

  1. Advanced Phonics and Fluency Student Center Activities
  2. Vocabulary and Comprehension Student Center Activitie
  3. Teacher Resource Guide (accompanied by a DVD)

The first two books contain Activity Plans and Activity Masters ready for immediate use in classrooms. The third book, the Teacher Resource Guide, is an informative guide offering important insights 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 4-5 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 area 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.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Professional Development DVD

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Student Center Activities

Teacher Resource Guide

Part One

  • Five Components of Reading Instruction
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom: System One
  • Implementing and Managing Student Centers in the Classroom: System Two
  • Interpretation of Activity Plans
  • Implementation of Activity Plans

Part Two

  • Crosswalk*
  • 2-3 Glossary of Reading Terms*

*It is recommended that you download this part onto your computer and open it there. Right click on the link and choose Save As.

Book One - Advanced Phonics and Fluency

Introduction & Contents

 
Advanced Phonics

Part One

  • Variant Correspondences

Part Two

  • Syllable Patterns

Part Three

  • Morpheme Structures

 

Fluency

Part One

  • Word Parts
  • Words

Part Two

  • Phrases
  • Chunked Text
  • Connected Text
Book Two - Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Introduction & Contents

 
Vocabulary

Part One

  • Word Knowledge

Part Two

  • Morphemic Elements

Part Three

  • Word Meaning
  • Word Analysis

Part Four

  • Words in Context
Comprehension

Part One

  • Narrative Text Structure

Part Two

  • Expository Text Structure

Part Three

  • Text Analysis

Part Four

  • Monitoring for Understanding