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.

More Center Focus Ideas

Unscramble the Words
Presidential Fractions
Volume Conversions
What is the Moral?
Ten Black Dots
How Much Does Your Name Weigh?
Personal vs. Country Pride
Pattern Necklaces
Tri-Angles
The Color Mix-Up
Decorative Vase
Letter to an Author
Limericks
Scariest Jack-O-Lantern Contest
Halloween Alphabetizing
Discover Music
Bring Your Own Tale
Cinco de Mayo Lookup
Discover Pi
Picture Poems
Does Warm Water Rise Too?
"A Busy Year" Reading
Hand Sculpture
Egg Weight
All About Columbus
How Many Squares?
What Adds Up to 10?
The Mayflower Compact
Puppets
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Halloween Word Search
Discover the Explorers
Non-fiction Poetry
How Long Would It Take?
What Do You Picture
Flannel Board Phonics
Object Observation
Spaghetti vs. Macaroni
Columbus Acrostic
Biographical Data Organization
Rhyming Match
Fact and Opinion
Dancin’ Raisins
Olympic Rings
Number Relationships
Picture Replicas
Poetry vs. Prose
Where Is This?
Grateful for Acrostic
Walk a Mile in Their Boots