Center Focus


  1. At this center, students will choose a topic and cut-out a representative picture from tagboard. For example, if they chose the sun, it is easy enough for them to draw a picture of a sun and cut it out. But they can also choose words such as "fast" and "run." If they chose these, they would need to somehow make a representative picture or trace the letters on tag board and cut them out.
  2. After they have their picture cut out, they may add illustrations to it (add eyes, nose, mouth, etc).
  3. Students will then brainstorm words related to the topic and write single words or phrases on the cut-out.
  4. After each students has gone to the center, you can make a Word Corner in your Writing Center, where all of the Thingamajigs are kept. Students can continue adding to them and they can make new ones when they have extra time. These can be used when the students are writing poetry and need synonyms or related phrases.
  5. This is a great vocabulary builder!

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Potato Latkes
The First Thanksgiving
Cultural Comparison
All About Easter
Melting Ice
Building Our Community
What’s My Name Worth?
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National Olympic Trends
Popping Popcorn
Oil Pastel Fruit
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Spinner Probability
Historical Trivia
Create a Collage
Junk Ship
Surf the World
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Matching Animals To Their Names
Moldy Pumpkins
Student Editorial
Presidential Fractions
Broken Ruler
Flannel Board Phonics
Dice Probability
Volume Conversions
Discovering the Area of Triangles
Favorite Olympic Athlete
Early Division
American Anthems
Macaroni Names
Time Capsule Diorama
The Stars and Stripes
What is the Moral?
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Magnet Fishing
How fast Can You Run?
How Many Classrooms Fit?
Observe An Inchworm
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Ten Black Dots
Toothpick Sculptures
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