September literacy centers for Second and Third Grade!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your summers. 

I've had some requests for literacy center menus for second and third graders. I looked over the common core standards for those grade levels and I did my best to adjust my menu to work for those grade levels. If you teach 2nd or 3rd grade, read through this longish post to see if they would work for you. I'd love to hear from you! 

Read, Visualize Draw:
I kept the easier one that I made for first grade and I also included a more challenging one.

Read and Sequence: 
I added two more with more difficult words.


Read, Think, Match:
There are 6 different choices here of varying levels of difficulty.


Read and Comprehend:
This replaces Rebuild a poem (although I left that in there too as an extra just in case). With this one, students will read the short story and answer the questions. The questions ask some literal questions and some inferential questions as well as a prediction question, using context clues to guess the meaning of a word, and sequencing the story.

Make a Word:
I added long vowels instead of short vowels for this one.

Word Family Bus: 
To make sure I met the needs of my buyers, I decided to make two different versions of this center. One version is just making words like pictured below. 

The other version is matching words with similar meaning. There are 6 buses with one word in each bus. Students will read word cards with synonyms and match to the correct bus.


 Apple Sort:
To make this more challenging for 2nd/3rd grade, I made the real and nonsense words into two syllable words.


Long and Short Sort:
Students will sort picture cards- long and short vowels. 

Match a Sentence:
Students will match the sentence parts to make sentences that make sense. Then, they will write the sentences and circle the verbs. 

Flip a Sentence: 
Students will flip the pages of the flip book to make a sentence that makes sense (choosing the correct adjectives and verbs phrases to go with each subject)

Sentence Scramblers: 

Word Endings:
Choosing between -es and -s  and adding it to the base word of each sentence.

 Summer stories: narrative writing

Spin and Write: 
Making stories with beginning, middle and end and/or practicing sentence writing.

 Sticker Story:

Be an Author: 
I included two version of this center
1. The school-themed one that I included in the first grade version
2. In the Sea (shown below): students use the diagram to help them write sentences about the picture. 

This pack also includes a rubric and a checklist

and labels

and directions

You can get this pack at my Teacher's Notebook store or TPT store.


  1. You have some great creations!! I need to check them out, especially your sticker story. That sounds like a great resource to use!
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  3. Thanks so much for including 2nd and 3rd grade. These look great. I think I can use all of them. I usually do weekly menus instead of monthly. I'll need to think about this before school starts. Even doing a weekly menu I can sure use your centers. Thank you.

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