Centers Made Simple
As you come up with new centers for your class, help yourself save time for later teaching by organizing center materials in a legal-size manila folder. Write the name of the activity, a brief description, and the materials needed on the cover of the folder. This will make it easier for you to set up the center when needed. Post a sheet with directions for your students on the inside of the folder, and have the folder open at the center area. On the other side (across from the directions) make a pocket out of tagboard and attach it to the folder. In this pocket you can keep small center items and objects, or you could keep small worksheets for the center. You can also create a pocket on the back of the folder where students can place their finished work or reflect on the activity. You can simply file these folders until the next time you need them!