Read and write the room is an excellent activity for active learners! When implementing this interactive center, you will watch your students become eager, yes eager, to write! With leveled cards and recording sheets, differentiating is a breeze! Let’s look at how to prepare, what’s included in, and ways to store, this center activity.
Choose which level your students need. Hang the cards around the room at eye level, make copies of the recording sheets, and put clipboards along with writing utensils at a designated area. Review the pictures with the students, and model how to complete the activity.
Included:Level 1 includes a center sign with instructions, picture cards WITH words, and recording sheet(s) with matching pictures. As they walk around the room, they will look for the card that matches the picture on their recording sheet, and record the word. This builds concepts of print, letter formation, vocabulary, and transferring information from print to paper.
Level 2 includes a center sign with instructions, cards with PICTURES ONLY, and recording sheet(s) with letters that resemble the beginning sounds of the picture cards. Students, at this level, walk around the room looking for pictures that start with the same sound as the letter on their sheet, and use inventive spelling to write the words. This level builds concepts of print, letter formation, and independent writing using initial, middle, and ending sounds.
Storing:You can store individual themes in zipper pouches, or keep all of your themes in an accordion organizer. If kept in zipper pouches, they also work great for early finishers, morning work activities, and tutors/parent volunteers.
There are Read and Write the Room centers for the entire school year, including Back to School, Brown Bear, Shapes, Numbers, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Polar Express, The Mitten, Winter, Valentine’s Day, Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Ocean Animals, and Flowers/Plants.
Want to check out more pictures and examples of how these centers are leveled? You can read more, HERE.