Workshops {Literacy Centers}

I often get questions about how I do guided reading and literacy centers in my classroom. I thought I would share a little today about how we do "workshops" in my room.

As most of you who have read this blog before know, I use Beverly Tyner's small group model and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I think it is super important to find a guided reading/small group model that fits not only your class' needs, but your teaching style as well. We have an hour and a half for small groups, which is wonderful! I have 3 groups of 6 kiddos and I meet with every group every day {I hope to post more details about what we do tomorrow}.

While I am meeting with a group, the other 2 groups are split into 4 groups of 3 kiddos each that are practicing skills that their small group is working on with me. So, each group comes to me and does 2 workshops every day.Some groups are working on word families, some are working on blends and digraphs, some are still working on letter naming, etc. so our workshop time is a huge differentitation time. It does take some time and work to have so many different workshops, but I've found it really helps my class and I finally like the way I'm doing it. I don't have specific "named" centers like word work, alphabet, etc. All of my workshops are in numbered tubs except for writing and reading corner, so the groups just pulls out the tub they are working in.  I really like to have some type of paper/pencil at each workshop to hold them accountable and so they get some type of writing practice. When they finish the workshop they are at, they are able to get a game from our game bucket, which is usually some type of word/picture match, sound/picture match, or sentence/picture match. Here are some of the workshops we are doing right now:
Short a word families

Letter can find this game here

Groundhog Day Blends...this is in my groundhog pack here {which is on sale right now for $5}

Finding beginning digraphs sounds

Groundhog spelling: Working on CVC words...this is also in my groundhog pack here

Beginning sound matching {this is in the game bucket}...from my sound match pack here

Matching pictures to medial sounds...this can be found here

These are CVC puzzles from Lori Rosenberg's Ultimate CVC pack {click here}...the kids love them!!

Reading corner

Clipping beginning sounds

Building our sight words...this is from a sight word freebie pack I posted here

The kids are also loving these...matching pictures to sentences. I am hoping to get a pack of these made soon
Tomorrow I hope to get some pictures of what I do in small group with the group I'm working with. Happy Monday!


  1. I'm a huge fan of numbered tubs/centers. I think it is so much easier to change activities, and not be tied to a title (sight words, word work, phonics). That way you can focus on what the students need :) I'm also a HUGE fan of seeing every student every day for guided reading.

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  2. Oh my goodness, thanks for sharing!! I wish that I could do my centers and small group the way that I want, but we gotta stick to our reading series (although I do get away with what I can!!)

    The Daily Alphabet

  3. I absolutely love your enthusiasm for your small groups. I am dying to do "centers" and small groups but just do not feel confident enough to get going. I am also overwhelmed by the amount of work week-to-week to accomplish center/group work. I have purchased tons of "stuff" to use but tend to end up using it as whole group instruction. I looked up Beverly Tyner and am just wondering if the book that explains the small group model is the "Small Group Reading Instruction" book. Or is there one specifically on managing centers? Thank you for your wonderful post. One more question....did you make the short a worksheets and the digraph sheets? They are exactly where we are at right now. Thank you and I look forward to tomorrow's post. Judy

    1. Hi Judy,
      The book is the one we use for our guided reading (and Beverly also came to our school); however, it does not explain managing centers. I did make the short a and digraph pages and if you send me your email, I can send them to you :)

  4. I'm so glad you are enjoying the CVC puzzles! Thanks so much for blogging about them and for showing us all the wonderful things your lucky students are doing!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. Your students look like they are having a great time. Thanks for sharing what you're doing with them.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  6. Hi- would you be willing to share your matching pictures to sentences? Thanks so much.

  7. I really like your building sight words pack. Is there a way to make it editable? I would like to customize it to match my sight words. Thanks!

    1. Hi there,
      Since it is a freebie, it's not editable. Thanks!!


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