Challenging High Students during center time

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  1. teach1stgrade

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    Can you share with me some of the things that you do during Literacy Centers to challenge your high students/Gifted Learners??
    I feel like mine are getting through the centers too easily and not getting much from it.

    Any ideas would be appreciated!!!
    TIA!:)
     
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  3. MrsNickle

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    oh I have that same question!
     
  4. teach1stgrade

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    I knew there were more out there!!!!

    So, does anyone have an answer??

    I'm really wanting to challenge my higher kiddos!! :)
     
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    what kind of literacy centres do you currently have set up? It would be easier to know how to modify them if you explained what they're doing right now.
     
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    Here are a few that I have set up:

    Listening Center - Listen to book and respond Ex. My fav. part is,
    etc.
    Word Work - making new words with the chunk that we are studying
    for the week.
    Writing - I ask questions and they respond. Ex. Do you like to
    cook? What is your favorite dish to cook? How do you
    make it?
    Handwriting - practice letters
    Big Book - take a book and they answer questions or find things in
    the book for me. Ex. find a word that rhymes with cat
    Computer - free choice
    Reading Response - They read a book with a partner and respond.
    Read/Write the Room - look for different things each week.
    Make a Book - usually a preprinted book that they have to fill in,
    practice reading and have a partner sign after they
    have read it to them.
    Poetry - different poem, activities each week.

    These are most of my centers. Anyone have any suggestions??
     
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    I have to laugh:

    Two days in a row now, at 5:30 am, I've come on here and looked at the new posts. Each time, the first time I read the title of this thread, I read it quickly as "High Schoolers at Center time" and wonder who does centers with teenagers. Twice now I've taken a look only to realize that I need to wake up a bit more.
     
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    Aliceacc was that before or after you had your morning coffee? I make it a rule for myself, before attempting anything in the morning-coffee is first on my list of things to do.
     
  9. Victoriateacher

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    It sounds like most of your centres are very adaptable. Why not just ask "challenge" questions at the writing, listening and word work stations? Offer more critical thinking type questions. Create a story centre for students to write stories (for lower students you can provide beginning/middle/end starter sentences at the centre). Offer more challenging books at the partner read centre, and pair up the students who need higher level reading. Or, you can pair up a weaker student with a stronger one to do some of the centres together.
     
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    Uh, oh

    That is how I read it also. I am glad it was not just me.:blush:
     
  11. firstgradeteach

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    I agree! It sounds like you have great centers! What makes them even better is that they seem very adaptable.

    For example: Writing- allow the students to write a journal entry or even a make-believe story. You can make lists of ideas for characters, setting etc. that they can use to get ideas.

    You can have the more capable students complete an asking questions, connections, inferring, determine importance organizer with the book center. They can add post it notes to the books when they make any of these. They could also make "think marks" - a strip of paper that they can write the thinking that they are making while reading the story.

    Good luck!:cool:
     
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    I add stuff to each center for my high students. I have at least two activities per center. My high students are split between all the groups. Then the high students can peer teach the lower, and middle students. This works to my benefit becuase the higher students can introduce a new concept to the lower and middle students before I teach it. The higher students gain a lot becuase if they can peer teach the concept then they have mastered the concept. This challenges them to problem solve a way to explain the concept. It works wonderfully. It keeps them involved.
     

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