Here are some pictures of the centers I choose to use this year:
At table 2, I have the "Fishy Antonyms" center set up. There is an easy sheet where students just draw a line to match the antonyms and a challenge sheet where students look up antonyms using a thesaurus. Again, I just used copies that I had left over from last year, popped the directions in a frame, added some pencils and a thesaurus and the center was complete.
At table 3, I have a number word and numeral matching game to go with the book "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." I had everything I needed already made from last year so it was super easy just to tape down the pieces to the table and set up the directions.
At table 4, I have some Dr. Seuss word searches in two version...easy and challenge. Again, left over copies from last year made for a quick set up.
At table 5 I have a fact family center set up...one for addition/subtraction and one for multiplication/division. No prep work thanks to saving everything from last year.
At table 6 I have a dictionary center set up.
At table 7, I have the Readers' Pledge poster printed out and ready to be signed. The pledge was written by Debra Angstead of the Missouri NEA. You can find it HERE. (Thank you to am anonymous blog reader for letting me know of the original source.) I added a frame and clipart and printed it with our poster printer. Unfortunately I cannot share anything with "Seuss" clipart because Seuss Enterprises does not allow it, but I will share the un-Seussified version. I actually made a couple of different versions to appeal to both younger and older students. Just click HERE or on the pictures below to get your copy.
I couldn't decorate as much as I did last year because we have a new fire marshal and he will be touring our school soon, so I had to be sure to comply with the fire regulations and not have more than 20% of my walls covered. This is kind of hard to do when the top part of my walls are covered in a carpet like wall paper. Crazy! Anyway, I can't hang up a lot of decor any more, so I have resigned myself to putting things out of the tables instead. I even had to take down some of my decorations that I've had up all year. Boo! I understand the reason behind the safety rules, but seeing how it's the library, I don't think having a few extra decorations up is going to make it any less dangerous. Let's face it. It's one big fireball waiting to happen with all the books lining the walls. I wonder what the fire marshal will say about that. Anyhoo, I've set up the best I can and I hope the kids will enjoy it.
Do you do anything special for Read Across America?