If you are like most teachers then time is a precious commodity for you. More and more expectations are placed upon teachers without taking anything away. How do you handle this stress-inducing problem?
One easy way to save time is by having a few low maintenance, high quality permanent centers. One of my favorite centers to keep up the entire year is a magazine center.
- You save time by not having to explain the directions each week. The format remains the same throughout the year so students are able to quickly get to work.
- The length of a magazine article is perfect for center time. This is an easy way to add more non-fiction or informational text lessons to your plans.
- Magazines arrive every month or two. Watch your students get excited each time a new issue arrives! Article topics include current events, seasonal, or the skills that you are currently teaching. Great way to enrich your lessons.
I have found that students with limited attention spans (a.k.a. A.D.D. or A.D.H.D.) are more engaged with magazines. Even very bright and capable students can be overwhelmed with chapter books if they have limited attention span.
Do you have your class library organized in book tubs? Add a tub of magazines to your class library. When your students are “shopping for books”, let them choose 1 magazine to add to their book box. Students, who may not normally choose a non-fiction book, may choose a magazine.
Readers Theater is fun and a great way to strengthen fluency skills. This month’s Storyworks Jr. magazine includes Yeh Shen, A Chinese Cinderella Story. Wouldn’t it be fun to perform this play during Chinese New Year for other classes?
I found the red fan at Dollar Tree. I thought it would make a good prop for the play.
Social studies is a subject that is often neglected when our schedules gets hectic. Use magazines to integrate reading lessons with social studies topics. The Early Explorers article can be found here, add a map and you’re ready to go.
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