This is a simple and powerful project to engage kids in reading aloud and to integrate drawing into your class, especially with younger children. Kids create their own pictures from reading along in a chapter book.
With the exception, perhaps, of adult literacy programs, only rarely will a learning center be the central place where someone learns to read and write. Instead, your work will more often supplement and advance what kids do in their K-12 classes.
This activity teaches something about poetry and reading while focusing mainly on words and vocabulary building. You'll be taking a poem and substituting synonyms to see how the meaning and pattern stay the same even as the words change.