Thursday, October 12, 2017

October Learning Centers

Are you ready to get your October Learning Centers started?  Well I have a bunch of cute ideas for you this month! Take a look.....

Spelling Center

Adding a few props to your centers will make them so much more fun and engaging for your students.  You would be surprised at how excited they get with a fancy pen or silly hat! Something new at Spelling this month is "Spooky Spelling" - my firsties write their words in white crayon and then paint over them with watercolors.  And just like MAGIC they appear!! This activity is differentiated into three levels - this picture shows the "on level" activity.

Another fun activity is Spin A Word....spin the spinner and follow the directions for writing your spelling words - in all capital letters, fancy letters, rainbow writing, etc.  You never know where the spinner will land!

Math Center

If you need some cute Math ideas, you students will love these! This month, in math, we are working on addition skills.  My struggling firsties are still working on some number recognition so they have a counting activity. Are you brave enough to reach inside and count the spooky spiders and eyeballs??

My on level firsties are working on addition.  I found the cutest little drink holders at Dollar Tree...removed the straws and filled them with different halloween goodies that we are using for the counters.  Spider rings, halloween erasers, mini pumpkins, etc all make great manipulatives for this type of activity!

For a challenge, I made another worksheet where the kids use the same monster drink holders and they make an addition fact and also the related fact, by changing the order of the addends.

We are also working on matching our addition sentences to ten frames with these cute games!

Finally we're feeding hungry monsters at the Math Center! Kids have to solve the addition sentence "cookie" and feed it to the correct monster! 

Library Center

My firsties ❤️ to sit and read in our cozy library!  Add a few new Halloween books, a witches hat and witches fingers for pointers and you MAGICALLY have some engaged kiddos reading books! When they are finished, they can complete a report about they book they read - 3 levels to meet the needs of all your kids!

Big Book Center

We have been learning about adjectives and I found the cutest poem on Pinterest to use for this activity!  I added it to our big book station along with some great October books, a monster hat and a fuzzy monster hand to use as a pointer! 

Word Work Center

This month my firsties are building their sight words with letter tiles and working on the "ck" ending. I found these cute little plastic pumpkins at Dollar Tree.  Each pumpkin has the letter tiles to build one of our sight words.  The kiddos have to dump them out and arrange the letters in the right order, then write it on the worksheet.  

Do you have kiddos working on higher level word families?   These haunted houses and ghosts are a huge hit with my firsties!  Match the ghost to his correct haunted house. 

And of course, an all time favorite is "Write the Room".  This month we are searching for Halloween words! 

Another fun game is "Pickin' Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch".  The kids are working on sight words in this game.  It's great fun....but don't land on the rotten pumpkin or you'll have to go back to start! 

Art Center

A great way to keep your kids engaged at the art center is an easy craft.  I keep it simple so that my firsties can finish it in about 15-20 minutes, the time I spend with each reading group during guided reading. This week they are making "candy corn".  If they finish the task early they can use some of the other materials at the art station like play dough, markers, fancy scissors, etc.  

Some of our other projects this month will be witches, ghosts and a pumpkin man.  These are all super simple, with just 2 or 3 patterns, and easy for the kids to do on their own with no help from me.  

Writing Center

Finally, a few simple tasks at the Writing Center will round things out in your room.  This month, we are working on labeling and making lists.  I've added some cute, colorful mini word walls to spark their imagination along with story starters for "Witches Brew", "Favorite Halloween Candy" and "If I Were a Ghost...".  

So that's what is happening at our centers during the month of October.  If you would like to check these centers out a little closer, they are available on my TPT store here.  

I'd love to hear what you are doing in your room during the month of October! Do you use centers?? Leave a comment and let me know! Hope you have a great October  🎃 and be sure to come on back for a visit next week, because there's always something fun happening in......


  1. When do you introduce all these centers

  2. Hi Kelli....whenever I put something new at a center I make sure it is a skill we have been working on in class. For instance, we've been working on addition and changing the order of the addends for quite some time in our Math lessons so I was able to put those addition strategies at the center. We've also been working on adjectives in our Grammar lessons and we did that little poem together at whole group. I just transferred it back to the big book station, after we had done it whole group. I usually only add new activities to my stations once or twice a month. I have other activities at the stations besides the ones I posted in my blog, so there are always things for the students to work on. I usually put new activities out on a Friday and then I will introduce them to the kids before they go home that day. They have something to look forward to on Monday morning. Then, usually on that first day I will walk around quickly and remind them of the new activities. Hope that answers your question :) Do you do centers in your room too?

  3. Could you please add the candy corn art project to your TPT Halloween bundle? :)


  4. Hi Lindsay....I would love to add the candy corn to my bundle but that particular station was not my original idea. I have had it so long I have no idea to even give credit to! I found it or was given it by a colleague many years ago! Can't even remember....however I found a template for a free candy corn online that you could use to make your own pattern. Hope this helps! Here it is:

  5. Love the "invisible ink" option. I think kids would really get into this!