Blocks! It is one of my favorite centers! Students can be creative and express their ideas and feelings through block building. The amount of oral language and vocabulary building in block is HUGE! Not to mention ALL the math, STEM, and science that is happening when students are building too. Students can build at their own level. And my favorite...ALL students can be successful!
Now you know a little bit about why I love blocks, here is a bit about how I support students in the center. For each theme I do, I change my blocks bulletin board. I put up pictures and/or photographs to support our new theme. It helps students to visually see a model of what they want to build and challenges them to build something new related to our theme. Click HERE to get your own set of FREE Pet Homes STEM Posters for your blocks center! Here is a picture of the STEM challenge display I created in the blocks center.
I am always adding new materials for students to build with besides blocks. Doesn't this shelf look inviting? I put in my lesson plans what new material(s) I will add to the blocks center each week to ensure I am creating meaningful and inviting experiences for students.
Don't forget to add non-fiction books on your theme to the center! Students can use the books as a reference when they are building. You may need to model using the books when building with students in the center at first. After the students see how helpful the books are to use when building, they will grab the books right off the shelf themselves! It is awesome to see kids using books to support their own learning!
Try adding new interesting materials to the blocks center to related to the theme. The Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar Spot is a great place to find materials! It is where I get most of my materials from.
Now the fun part. Here are a few pet homes my students built during our pet theme!
Go to my TPT store and grab a set FREE Pet Homes Posters HERE or by clicking on the cover below!
Want to take the pet theme all over your classroom? Check out Pets Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. Change your dramatic play/pretend center into a Pet Store or an Vet (Animal Hospital).
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