We have four small groups that rotate around the room daily. Each group meets for 20-25 minutes.
One group was on the computers playing a game that targets a specific reading skill. Today they played a fact and opinion game for extra practice, to reinforce our reading focus.
At the Smart Board, my students played a noun recognition game. They had to read a sentence, and then decide together if each word was a person, place, thing or idea.
My reading center group met as a book club. They read together, discussed the book and then wrote down safety tips from the informational text on Post-It notes.
The groups at my table read a few more pages in the stories we started, answered some questions, and responded with writing.
I have a portable doorbell that I purchased from Wal-Mart a few years ago. At the end of each rotation, I simply ring the bell. The students know that this means to stop what you are doing, clean up your area, and get ready to transition to the next center. It took a few weeks to get this process going, but now they are like a well oiled machine!
The teamwork and collaboration I see each day is awesome. They are learning how to get along, teach each other, learn from each other, and how to be independent. They truly are reading rock stars!