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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Literacy Stations

Hey there friends! I have been working on a lot this summer and can't wait to share it all with you! In the meantime- my kdg team and I have come up with a plan for our lit stations next year! We tried out Daily 5 last year, but we didn't think it works with what our school system wants. So we are going to pull out what we really like and can use along with the following! =)

These are pictures of a mock rotation chart I'll make once I get into my classroom in two weeks!!! =) Needless to say, I'm a bit crazy and a lil excited! So we talked about how we like the idea of rotations b/c with our old system- the kids were getting bored and finishing their work too quickly. So Lisa, our team's kdg guru told us about how she used to do this rotation schedule and our "head honchos of the school district" came in and told the current principal that "this is what he wants to see in EVERY classroom" b/c all our students were working on meaningful work and doing so quietly!

So we are going to do it this year and see how it works! We are all really excited about it... so here it goes!
The first chart shows the rotation by groups and it will NEVER change. I'll probably just post this on a poster board near a pocket chart. The next picture shows what will be in my pocket chart b/c it WILL change daily! =) (SIDE NOTE: The group names will change to something fun... I will NOT post the learning levels on there of course!)
So if you look above, the "Stations" in orange is where the next chart will come into play. There will be 4-5 children in every group, so the kids who are assigned "stations" will go to the next chart, find their picture and see which station they will go to for that 15 minute time block. So all 5 children will be at a different station. (Which means less talking/playing around!) So this is where the daily 5 activities will come into play!
The seat work station will be name activities and the monthly writing stations I bought from Mrs. Wills blog! =) We planned it so the kids will do a certain activity each day of the week so we aren't running around frantically finding "busy work"! I'm all about hands-on... and this will be great b/c we can differentiate easier with this too!


I was really confused at first... but once I made these visuals, it made much more sense to me! Please don't hesitate to ask questions to clarify! If I can't answer it, I'll ask Lisa! =) I'm trying to convince my teammates to create blogs b/c they are always telling me they thought about it!

****The discover center is going to be something where the kids practice whatever skill we may be working on that week! Activities like:

  • Read a book and make a puppet to go with the story. 
  • Draw and color a character in the book. 
  • Design a book cover for the book I just read. 
  • Draw the setting of the book I just read.  
  • Read a how-to-draw book and make a drawing.
So we'll see how this goes! I'll try and answer your questions as they come! =)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!!!

49 comments:

  1. I think I'm pretty visual too! I need to see things in a diagram or flow chart or table to understand properly! I love a good colour coding :)

    Shanyn
    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

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  2. This is a wonderful plan! I think you will be so happy with it! I like the seatwork idea and how they get to go to the computers everyday. Humm...I may need to tweak mine some!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  3. I love that chart! I think it is easy to follow & the kids will understand it easily. I have a seatwork center too & it works out nicely.
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. Thanks for sharing! We are trying something new as well. I will have to remember to look at this! I pinned it! Hope you don't mind! :)

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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  5. I'm trying daily 5 this year and I'll be honest - I'm a little nervous about how it will go! I did something a liiiiitle similar to this last year and it worked wonderfully, BUT my kids weren't reading to someone or themselves often enough. I want to hear about how it all goes for you!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. Yeah... one of the first grade teachers who read DAily 5, doesn't even introduce read to someone until January b/c of the misbehaving. My library center will be certain books they can choose from and they are to pick one... and then will draw their favorite part and write about it if they are able to! (They'll only have 15 minutes... so I think that's not too much time for them to get done too fast b/c I'm going to really drill into the kids that even though they can't "read the words" at the beginning of the year, they can read the pictures!) =)

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  6. Question? What do you do if you have over 20 kids? How many would be in each group? How many computers do you have? We only have 2, so what are the other students in the group doing?
    Sounds great~ Just need a little clarification.

    I have also tried Daily 5, it didn't work because not all s. can read and are easily distracted during read to self and read to someone:)

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    1. We have been really lucky and haven't had more than 20 kids at my school since I started. (Actually, last year I started off with 25, but they hired a new teacher so I didn't have that many for more than 2 weeks.)
      But if I did have more.. I would just put 6 in a group! I can't fit more than 6 at my small group table- so hopefully I won't have more than than 24. =)

      Our school has 4 computers in each classroom. If you notice the changes... I will have 4 at computers and (and the stragglers will be at listening station!) and I'll switch them every other day. Does that make sense? =)

      And I found last year that if I have ONE student in library center... they chose a book to read... (and some of them just "read the pictures" like they talk about in D5. It went fabulously b/c I used the library center reflection sheet from Deedee Wills' blog and they loved coloring their favorite part! It worked out really well =)

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  7. This seems really similar to the way that I do my stations. The only difference is I split my students into partners so when they are doing station activities they have a partner with them. Also their "seat work" is another station activity.

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    1. GREAT! I'm excited about the change! =)

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  8. What are students doing during seatwork, at computers, and at listening? Also, how many computers do you have? I only have 2.

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    1. Seatwork will consist of "WRITING station, Names station (Deanna Jump has GREAT ideas for this!) and Friday's we'll have them complete their Reading assessment for the week for whatever skill was taught!)

      Computers they will use starfall.com- Our school purchased the extended version and it's wonderful! The kids love it and that is all the use during reading! (We have 4 computers!!!)

      Listening center they will listen to story together, then complete a reflection page (Deedee Wills has them available for free on her blog!)

      If you notice the changes... I will have 4 at computers and (and the stragglers will be at listening station!) and I'll switch them every other day. Does that make sense? =) So if you only have 2 computers... you could have 2 there, and the rest at listening if you have enough headphones! =)

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    2. Thanks for answering my questions and the resource ideas! :)

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  9. Wow! I really like your plan. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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    1. Thanks! I'll definitely let ya'll know! =)

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  10. I have done this type of rotation for years and I love it!!! The only difference is I just call it station 1 and station 2 and the students alternate between Listening and computers for Station 2. You did such a great job explaining it! I have tried to describe it to people and they always say "Kindergarteners can follow that??" and I answer with a resounding YES as long as I take the time to train them in the beginning of the year! I absolutely love this rotation system and plan to continue to use it. Can't wait to see how it works for you!.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear there are others that have done this successfully!!! I understand it won't work for all teachers... it really depends on your students and teaching style! =) But we are all so excited to try this out next year! Thank you for your kind comments!!! =)

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  11. We are so similar! My charts in class look so much like that. Nice and neat and tidy complete with cute clip art and fonts!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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    1. Well thanks!!! =) I'm such a nerd, I'm excited to make the big chart for my classroom! =) Thanks for your sweet comment!

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    2. Where did you get the clipart to make your charts?

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  12. Love this visuals! I have to lay my stations out that way or I wouldn't be able to figure out the rotations.

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  14. This is exactly how I run my morning centers :) Except we don't do 'seat work' I will have writing center, pocket chart, or something of that sort instead (same thing just diff. name) We can't call it 'seat work' :) Love it!!

    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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    1. That's what we plan on doing too! =) Anything that requireds them to sit at their desk... Mondays- they'll do something with their names. Tuesdays- writing, Wednesday-another name activity, Thursday- writing, and Fridays will be our assessement day! =) Great minds think alike!!! hehe Thanks for commenting!

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  15. I love it! I used something similar I found at Made for First Grade. There is a guided reading/center rotation tag at the top of their blog with additional grea ideas. I plan on incorporating Daily 5 into this:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  16. I love this idea. I struggle every year with how to do these, and this is my 16th year in K!!! I especially like the individual work. I do have a few questions, SORRY!
    1. How soon are you planning to start this in the year? I can see chaos with all of this going at once at the beginning. Plans for the intro?
    2. Are your assessments on Fridays so that the kids are able to complete independently, or will you have an aide to adminster, etc?
    3. Can you give me a brief rundown of the rest of your day? Just blocks of time is fine. Trying to decide if I can do 1.5 hours on literacy and still get everything else in. Something I thought about was having a literacy/content connection for discovery if it worked that week.
    THANKS!

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    1. Okay, so I found your schedule post. No need to reiterate and answer number 3. THANKS!

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  17. I love this and how it is organized! I am switching from teaching AM & PM Young fives to full day kindergarten with 25 students. I an excited about the change. Would you be willing to share your cards that you are using for your centers? I will even pay if you are going to post them on TPT. Please let me know. Thanks! Leanne 22.lrosloniec@nhamail.com

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  18. I like this setup. I used straight up daily five last year, but am looking to tweak it this year. Can you explain more of what you will do for seat work? I used mrs. Wills writing centers last year but they were at a writing center table so how will you plan on using that if 4 pr 5 kids are at their own seats? Thanks for your help!

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  19. Hi! I love this set up! Would you be willing to share your center cards or place them on TPT? I love your ideas!:)

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  20. Yes, same comment where did you get the clip art for your center cards?

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  21. Yes, same comment where did you get the clip art for your center cards?

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  22. LOVE!!!! Great management, would you be willing to share your cards? xcaret617@hotmail.com

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  23. LOVE!!!! Great management, would you be willing to share your cards? xcaret617@hotmail.com

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  24. I love this and how it is organized! I am switching from teaching AM & PM Young fives to full day kindergarten with 25 students. I an excited about the change. Would you be willing to share your cards that you are using for your centers? I will even pay if you are going to post them on TPT. Please let me know. Thanks! Leanne 22.lrosloniec@nhamail.com

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  25. I have been trying to figure out how to set my classroom up and your charts just help make it so much clearer!!! Thank you so much!!! We have always been a direct instruction school and are in the process of transitioning into more hands on so this is all new to most of us. This will really help the other teachers that I share it with also. If you are sharing your cards, I would also like them lcollin1@bellsouth.net
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  26. Hello! I'm a 2nd grade teacher on a base in Germany. Would you be willing to share your rotation file? I LOVE how it looks & this is exactly what a fellow teacher and I were just talking about needing for our kiddos!! hollyfrombutte@gmail.com
    -Holly

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  27. I would love to have your rotation file as well.
    cliffanddiane@pine-net.com
    Thanks,
    Diane

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  28. This is fantastic!!! I'm a Kindergarten teacher and would be so appreciative if you were able to share this file with me: happyheart123@msn.com. I love how neat, colorful and organized it is!! This would be a great asset to my classroom, I'd be so thankful.
    Thank you so much,
    Jenny

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  29. This is great!! I would love to use this in my first grade classroom. Is this available on teachers pay teachers or are you willing to share? My email is tchgirl79gmail.com.

    Thanks!
    Alicia

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  30. This is perfect! I have been doing something like this for a while but have never seen it explained so clearly and so organized. I love it! Will you sell this file?

    Thanks,

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  31. This is exactly what I have been looking for! If you are willing to share or sell please email me. megan.payne@cmcss.net

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  32. I love this! This is what I need! I couldn't find this in your TPT store, though. Would you be willing to share it? I am not so handy with creating things on the computer. Thank you for your ideas!!!
    barbbubnes@aol.com

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  33. These are perfect. Exactly what I am looking for! Are you willing to share or sell? I checked your TPT store and couldn't find them. Thanks for the Great ideas and visual!
    skint911@hotmail.com

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  34. Do you still rotate through stations like this? If so, how has it been working for you? I have been looking for a way to switch my center time up. Thanks.

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  35. Do you still rotate through stations like this? If so, how has it been working for you? I have been looking for a way to switch my center time up. Thanks.

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  36. I love the pics! Where can I find them?

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  37. Hey just wondering where I can find the rotation pictures?

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