Florida Center for Reading Research


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

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Kindergarten and First Grade Student Center Activities

Teacher Resource Guide

Part One

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

Part Two

  • Crosswalk*

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

Part Three

  • K-1 Glossary of Reading Terms
  • References
Book One - Phonological Awareness and Phonics

Introduction & Contents

Phonological Awareness

Part One

  • Rhyme
  • Alliteration

Part Two

  • Sentence Segmentation
  • Syllables
  • Onset and Rime

Part Three

  • Phoneme Matching

Part Four

  • Phoneme Isolating
  • Phoneme Segmenting

Part Five

  • Phoneme Segmenting and Blending
  • Phoneme Manipulating

Part One

  • Letter Recognition

Part Two

  • Letter-Sound Correspondence

Part Three

  • Onset and Rime

Part Four

  • Encoding and Decoding

Part Five

  • High Frequency Words

Part Six

  • Variant Correspondences

Part Seven

  • Syllable Patterns
  • Morpheme Structure
Book Two - Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension

Introduction & Contents


All Parts

  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter-Sound Correspondence
  • High Frequency Words
  • Oral Reading

All Parts

  • Word Identification/Words in Context
  • Word Categorization/Word Knowledge
  • Words That Describe/Word Meaning
  • Word Structure/Word Analysis

All Parts

  • Sentence Structure and Meaning
  • Monitoring for Meaning
  • Story Structure
  • Main Idea/Summarizing