Stencil Center is probably one of the easiest centers. It is a process/product center and it is easily set up, maintained and practiced. Want a quick center with minimum input and maximum output? This is it.
Stencil Centers: Quick and Easy
I found these stencils in a thrift store for $1.98. It’s the best $1.98 I’ve ever spent. Add $1 basket for paper. Here’s a fabulous center for under $5.
And it will last all year.
Stencil Centers: Step-by-Step
Students will take a piece of paper and a stencil from the basket. (If you have sentence starters, they can grab on of those, too.
Trace the stencil with a pencil. Early students are going to need practice holding the stencils and tracing, so pencils are your best bet.
Connect the lines left by the stencils. Depending on the stencils, they may have random broken lines, so they’ll need to complete the drawing.
Add details to the stencil. Make sure your students add details to make a great illustration.
Write! Students will write with a focus on the stencil.
Make it shine. Color your picture and enjoy the writing.
That’s it. Now, go get thrifting!
Less than $5.
This center will help with penmanship, sentence mechanics, writing fluency, and writing confidence. If you can’t find stencils in the Thrift Store, or you don’t want to wait until you can, check out Colorations Garden Stencils.
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