January Centers in action and a freebie

January centers are off to a great start. I've been taking note on the little things I do to make centers run smoothly, so I'll be posting those tips later this week. It's taken me years to find what works for me. For today though, just a visual of the centers. I always love to see other bloggers' work in action.

Make a Word: matching snowflakes to make real and nonsense words

Sorting words: oo or o  
Students looks at word/picture cards and decide if the vowel sound needs one o or two. 

Snow Sounds: This one is tricky! Students need to read the word, then decide how many sounds the word has. They sort on this sorting mat: three, four or five sounds. 

Sentence Building: Students choose word cards to make a complete sentence that makes sense. The mat underneath guides them.

Snow Globe writing: students choose a snow globe picture and write at least 3 sentences describing their snow globe. 

Read, Think Match: Read the sentences on the small strips and match to the pictures. They have to really read carefully to match them up correctly. 

At this center, students place the penguins in the correct igloo. If the word alone makes a real word, then they place it on the blank igloo. If the word needs a silent e to make a real word, then they put it on the e igloo.

Here, students read each sentence strip and put them in order. 

There are more, but I only had time to snap a few shots. This week I'll talk more about the organizational part of it. For a look at all the centers, click here.  I realized I never posted a freebie with the January centers, so here it is! Click here to get the January center freebie. Happy Sunday!

Clipart for this freebie is by Digiweb and scrappindoodles and graphics factory


  1. Your centers look great! Thanks for the freebie!=)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. I've read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

  3. awesome :) thanks for sharing!

  4. I purchased your January centers and I love them!!! My students are learning so much and they love workshop time. I also purchased February and its copied and ready to go. I can't wait to see what March has in store...

  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful *freebie*! Your activities are always wonderful!

    I would so LOVE for you to visit me if you get the chance. I have TONS of 1st grade *freebies*! =)

    Heather's Heart

  6. SOOO CUTE!!!!!! Love it Sarah!!!

  7. Thanks for the support everyone! Your comments are so appreciated:)