Monday, September 14, 2015

A Peek at My Language Arts Stations

In a previous post, I showed you how to get stations (centers) started in the classroom. I believe letting students work independently is imperative for teaching children to be self reliant and problem solvers. In this post, I will show you my different stations. My stations are pretty simple. They don't require constant changes, which makes my life easier.

I post these posters with the station. They give several "I Can" statements for students to follow. This keeps students productive the entire time they are at any particular station.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615 

These smaller cards are used on the board to keep track of each group. 
Library Station
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615
This is a favorite station of my students. I have a small library because I have a small classroom, but I do have a library with a lot of books. The kids love to just sit on the floor and read any book they want.
 Writing Station
I have an abundance of resources for this station. I just love writing! I like giving kids every tool I can imagine to just write. The "I Can" statement are ideas, if the kids can think of something else, fine with me! Here are a few of my favorites:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Made-With-Love/Category/Writing
Fluency Station

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Made-With-Love/Category/Fluency
These fluency passages are differentiated. I put them in a folder and let students read the passages at their levels. The students enjoy timing themselves. I change up the pointers to make the station more exciting.

These are the first three I've created. More to come!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Made-With-Love/Category/Fluency
Word Work Station 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615

This station doesn't take much prep. The kids just use the supplies provided and work with words. We use some of the supplies during regular instructional time so it's just review.

Here are a couple word study units I made. I chose specific blends because I see so many students struggle with them. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Made-With-Love/Category/Word-Study


Spelling Station
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615

I'm not a huge fan of spelling lists and writing words over and over again, but this station gives students an opportunity to play around with markers and work quietly
Computer Station
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615
Everybody loves this station! It's pretty self explanatory. 

Big Book Station
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Language-Arts-Station-Posters-2644615
 This station is just plain fun! Why? Because kids get to read books that are really big!

Polka Dot Station
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Write-a-Sentence-Station-1399209
This station is located at the front of the classroom under the board. It includes a bunch of different activities. They're called the polka dot stations because the background is polka dot. It's much better than it's original name--Wall Station :(

I hope this helps! Stations don't have to be complicated. Stations don't have to take all of your prep time. Choose activities that can be done over and over. This will make your life so much easier! 

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