Found Friday: Fall Centers

Found_FridayIt’s October already, but it’s not too late to add some fall centers to your library spaces!  Found Fridays are the ones when I remind myself of the great centers I’ve found on the ‘net. It’s kind of shocking, but I haven’t started library centers in my new library. The exception was Kindergarten when I pulled out my Mr. Wiggle flannel sets and my magnetic letter boards. We started school after Labor Day and for the first four weeks I was doing a lot of observing and watching to figure out student library-use patterns. When the fifth week arrived, I finally had my shelves adjusted to accommodate storage for centers and I started stocking that space. When my next rotation of fixed classes rolls around, I’ll be ready!

If you would like more Found Friday posts, take a look at the blogs of Cari at LibraryLearners.com and Jess at Mrs-Lodges-Library.com. We don’t all post every Friday, but you’ll  find far more gems over there than you will here!

Don’t forget about that classic estimation station: candy corn. There’s a free printable from Cari available.

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I’m cheating a bit with the next one. This pin is what I found on Pinterest a year ago.

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Here’s my version! I took away chess to a month to force students to diversify and used the space for this center. Students really didn’t mind. The photo is linked to TeachersPayTeachers where I have directions for creating your own fall word search pumpkin along with three other fall centers, but you can easily use the Pinterest link to create one from scratch for yourself.

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I have done Mad Libs in the past and the students love them. I need to print these and put them in my new plastic sleeves for the kids to use.

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If you don’t want to laminate everything, you can slide pages into plastic write on/wipe off sleeves. For sturdy ones, skip the teacher supply ones, and go for the shop ticket ones. They are a lot cheaper in bulk and work just as well!

I hope you’re ready for fall! As you pull together some of these centers, I’m sure you’re going to need a cup of cider or another hot beverage. I know I will!

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