Literacy Work Station

Important Points:
The reason for creating work stations is to practice what has been taught. Another reason is for having your students work independently in flexible groups with authentic reasons to read, write and discuss so you, the teacher, can work with small groups. It is extremely important that you TRAIN THE TROOPS! You need to teach and model what each station is for, how to complete the task, and exactly what is expected at the centers. Each station needs to be clearly labeled with the maximum number of students allowed at each center at a time. Be sure to use ideas from your reading program – within the teacher’s planning guide or any ancillaries that are provided. Use your media center person as a resource for books and ideas for reading, writing and research work stations.

Some Ideas for Centers:
-Reading Station: Leveled books, take-home books with activities, poetry, and other ideas and ancillaries in your reading program -Writing Station: Daily writing prompts, literary response ideas at the end of the selections, writing activities suggested and ideas in the process writing sections -Word/Vocabulary Station: Vocabulary ideas and activities suggested in program, manipulative cards or letter cards, word wall ideas -Spelling Station: Ideas in language arts program for spelling activities or integrated ideas from writing activities -Listening Station: Tapes of selections or other stories and poetry on tape -Theme Station: Introductory ideas for developing the themes in your program or theme ideas from content areas (science, social studies, math, etc.) -Research Station: Cross-curricular ideas in your reading program (or ideas from content areas)

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