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Re: [teacherartexchange] art center ideas...


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Jun 02 2007 - 14:42:35 PDT

Hey, Robert -- how do you keep track of who's been to which center and
how many times? I've tried keeping a chart each week but it's a lot
of work going back through the charts to look for duplicate centers.


On 6/2/07, Robert Lane <> wrote:
> i've been using centers in my k-3 classroom for about 12 years, and each year i've tried some new centers and eliminated those that sparked little interest...
> each center is large enough for 4 students to work in, and they are the students' main activity for the day, not a reward for finishing early... they choose where they work each week to express the theme of the lesson... when they've completed 9 different centers they can repeat their favorite center for the rest of the year as long as there's room for them when they are called to choose...
> the tried and true centers are...
> building blocks on a 9x12 rug
> sand sculpture in 4 2x3 landscape tubs
> paint easels with dried tempera blocks
> light tables with color pencils
> chalk boards arranged easel style
> computers - with open eyes, artus the mouse, and kidpix4
> clay
> crayon melt on hot plates set to just below the 'w' on the dial
> papermaking
> collage
> i had an article in schoolarts a few years ago with the second part of the article online... look in the back issues... i think it was a march or april issue... it showed a basic floorplan for my classroom that year... each year i like to change it around a bit...
> robb lane
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