Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Literacy Centers and a FREEBIE

I decided to start with your freebie. 
Here are two of the Read and Sequence from the first grade August literacy center pack. I love giving kids the opportunity to practice sequencing skills on a smaller scale. For this one, they use their schema about camping to figure out what order the sentences should go in. In other menus, there may be a "how to" type of sequencing activity. Either way, it's a great way to practice this skill.


You can get these here or here.

Please consider following or "liking" one of my stores if you take this freebie. Thanks:) While you're there, check out other freebies! 

Now on to August Literacy Centers!

I finally got around to making an August literacy menu. You can get them at my Teacher's Notebook Store or my TPT store. I've had requests to make it since many of you are in school in August. I'm on the Sept-June schedule. Back in June I made a literacy menu for June, and it turned out to be one of my favorites! BUT so many of you don't have any need for it. SO, I decided to use it for a 2nd grade August menu (assuming you wouldn't need both-unless you are year-around?) and then I modified it a bit (a lot) to work for an August first grade menu. 

I should start by explaining how I would use this. I would use this as a way to introduce routines and procedures for the literacy centers for the rest of the year. That means I would walk through each of these centers as a whole group or just with modeling. It depends on your class and how early you start in August.

The entire pack is 101 pages in all. Here's a small preview of what you get:

Two menus to choose from (only 2 centers are different) with a total of 18 centers.

Read and Sequence: 4 choices (3 shown)
Read, Think, Match (2 options)
Read, visualize draw (2 options)
Rebuild a poem: original poem with student sheet

Bird Sort (sorting short a words)

Springtime Spin:

Monkey words: Real and "silly" (sorting real and nonsense words)

Watermelon Words:

Syllable Sort

Make a sentence 
This is an easier version of Super sentence seen later on in the menus. Students choose the subject (with picture clues), the verb (action) and where to make a sentence.

Match a sentence: Match two parts of sentence

Sentence Scrambler:

Word Endings: Adding s to words

This could be a personal narrative or just writing about each picture. 
There are two options: the one you see below or an option to cut out 6 pictures and choose 4 to write about.

Roll and Write: Make a cube with pictures to prompt writing.

Picture Prompt: 3 versions
Post office

Here is the 2nd grade August menu:

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

Click here to see all the pictures of what's inside the 2nd Grade August Menu (remember it's the June first grade centers, just with an August menu).

I have not been a good blogger this summer. It feels like it's been FOREVER since I've posted! I have so many good excuses, but still... My best excuse:

My sweet boys!

Owen is now 10 months old and starting to pull himself up and shuffle around!

He's a happy baby:)

 and Shawn who loves everything summer: swimming, fountains, the park and of course ice cream!

Too cool:)


  1. Sarah...your boys are adorable! Can't blame you for not blogging much...I've been the same way...enjoying family time! ;)

    P.S. Your centers are awesome!


    1. Thanks Gladys! I hope you enjoy your last few days of summer with your family!

  2. You're boys are soooo cute! That's an excellent reason to get behind in anything. Love those activities..thank you for the freebie :)

    ~ Mizz J
    Apple Blossoms

  3. I am on a September to June schedule too. Are you going to do a menu for September that is the same as August?

    1. Hi Katrina,
      I have a September one available too! :)

  4. Sarah,

    Enjoy those boys, time passes by all too quickly. My oldest turns 16 in two months! WOW!!! I love all the wonderful resources you are creating.

    1. Thanks! Wow, 16 is an exciting age. You're about to have more sleepless nights, I'm sure. :) I remember 16 being when all the fun started for me (but all the worrying started for the parents). Thanks for commenting. :)

  5. Thanks for the freebie, Sarah!
    Your boys are so sweet.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  6. Hi Sarah,
    I’m your newest follower! Your boys are adorable! I wouldn't want to do anything besides play with them. :) I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime. Thanks!
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

    1. Thank you Corinna! I went over to your blog today. It's looking great! Welcome to blog land!

  7. Great packet. Super cute boys, a great reason not to blog. Thanks for the freebie!
    Sheree Peterson