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Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Five 20- to 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Drew

Tecumseh, Ontario


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology


Teacher Resources




  • Chart stand to hold chart paper or pocket chart
  • Clipboards for read/write the room
  • Multiple copies of Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young (Philomel Books, 1992)
  • Pocket chart
  • Sentence strips
  • Tape recorder
  • Taped version of the text selection
  • Various pointers (purchased or hand-made)

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Writing Center Response Worksheet

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Prepare for the lesson plan using the blank lesson plan outline/template. Because of the complexity of language in the text Seven Blind Mice, it may be a read-aloud rather than a true shared reading for the first couple of repetitions, depending on the level of your students. Develop your five-day lesson plan accordingly. As mentioned earlier, any book can be substituted and the same procedure followed to introduce the various learning centers. You would just need to design the centers to correlate with whatever text you select.

  • Big Book center
    Collect a variety of pointers. An easy one to make is simply a dowel cut to about 12" in length with a purchased eraser (the kind that fits on the end of a pencil) stuck on the end. Stir sticks that are not too pointed or made of glass also make good pointers, as do bubble wands. Provide highlighting tape or "wikki sticks" as well.

  • Listening center
    Gather five copies of the book (available through Scholastic), and have either an older student or an adult record the story on tape. An audio version of the story is also available through Scholastic. Remember to punch out the little tab on the tape to prevent students from recording over it.

  • Writing center
    Copy the Writing Center Response Worksheet on paper, similar in size to a Big Book. Be sure to photocopy at least one copy of the worksheet per student.

  • Read/write the room center
    Provide clipboards, paper, pens, markers, pencils, etc.

  • Pocket chart center
    Prepare individual strips listing each day of the week, each color mouse in the story, the ordinals "first" through "seventh," and what each mouse saw.

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