Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Author Spotlight

The reading center should be a cozy place where students can simply read. Try to have comfortable chairs, cushions, rugs, blankets, large appliance boxes for "tents," etc. Every two weeks or monthly make a display about a particular author. Include background information as well as many of their books. Have students write reviews about these books to be kept in a book review file. A 5x7 index card file works well and can easily be kept alphabetized.

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How Far is Sydney?
The Stars and Stripes
Still Life
Martin Luther King Jr.
Election 2000
Flannel Board Phonics
New Year’s Resolutions
Pumpkin Puffs
All About Columbus
Make Your Own Collage
Current Happenings in Science
Unscramble the Words
Does It Measure Up?
Alphabetizing Mania!
If You Could Be An Animal
Junk Ship
The Wall
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Bring Your Own Tale
Millennium Mural
Sand Painting
Macaroni Names
Tile Probability
Create an Instrument
Sand Separation
Thumbprints
The Gymnastics Incident
The Mayflower Compact
Interview a Veteran
Biographical Data Organization
Sequences
Ten Black Dots
Story Problems
Paint a Picture with Words
Tack Probability
Pumpkin Volumes
Turkey Math
Copying the Masters
Inclined to Slide
Money from Around the World
Take for Granted
Sort the States of Matter
Sleepy Hollow
Dice Probability
Limericks
Sponge Observation
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Chinese Symbols
Paint by Title
Irish Stained Glass Scene