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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Count Pine Cone Scales
Spin the Dreidel
Length of Foot vs. Height
Create a Collage
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Egg Weight
Inch By Inch Map
Word Association
Discovering the Area of Triangles
Original Nature Tales
Washer Weights
If the Earth Were Flat
Tall Tales
Line Symmetry
Sand Separation
Puppets
Picture Frames
Totem Pole
Potato Latkes
Popping Popcorn
U.S. Percentages
Historical Perspective
Flannel Board Phonics
Color Pastel Classmates
Chinese Symbols
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Sponge Observation
Spinner Probability
Dough Dreidel
Pumpkin Puffs
Copying the Masters
Travel Brochure
Back to Back
What’s My Name Worth?
Chalk Drawings
Time Capsule Diorama
Aluminum Boat Contest
Money from Around the World
Famous Places Wall
Alphabetizing Mania!
Tri-Angles
"Thanksgiving" Poem
Melting Ice
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Rhyming Match
How Much is 2000, Anyway?
What’s Your Valentine Worth?
Giant Kiss
How Long Would It Take?
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