Literacy Center Organization and a center rubric freebie

I've had a lot of questions about how I organize my literacy centers. It has taken me years to get it all figured out. Now that I have it all figured out, it is so much easier! As the new school year approaches, it's a good idea to make a plan about how you'll organize all those centers. 

This is inside one of my closets. My literacy centers for every month are stored here. All the folders I use for each month go in the monthly folder holders. Each month, I take out the folders I need and...

Place them in these folder holders (below). These are set out for the students. They are divided into four categories: reading, word work, writing, and sentence building. I have four centers for each category.

The categories match the monthly student menu (this is an older picture so the clip art doesn't match, but in real life the clip art for the folder holder matches the clip art for the categories on the menu). 
(Also, you wouldn't have to use my menus to have a similar organizational system.)

Students keep track of their centers using the menu. They color in a box on their menu to show when they finished a center. They color it halfway to show they started but didn't finish it.  

They keep their menus, unfinished centers, writing notebook, books for daily 5, and student word book (like a dictionary without definitions) here in their book boxes. 

Their book boxes have their number and a velcro strip on it. Their pictures are stuck to these velcro pieces then moved to the daily 5 chart when needed.

I grade centers with just a check, plus or minus. I also use a literacy center rubric for all of the month's centers together.
This rubric can be used with any center pack because it's pretty generic.

You can get this rubric for free and read a lot more about how I organize my centers by clicking on my blog button below. If you're looking for a new way to organize your centers, you won't regret it!

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