How do you run your Literacy Stations? Do you do Guided Reading, Reading Workshop, Daily 5, or something else? Last year the primary teachers did a book study on Daily 5 and began dabbling in it. Some of the teachers have taken the plunge and use D5 as their entire Literacy Block, while others are using bits and pieces. I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. I really like the idea of giving students choice ~ it just makes sense that the kids will practice and learn from activities that interest them, but I still want to be sure that certain activities are done by everyone.
Our Literacy Block is actually broken up by recess & a special. After our Calendar Time, we do our whole group literacy activities ~ read aloud comprehension activities, partner & seat work (for about 32 minutes). Once we are back from our morning special, we break into five small groups: my table, word work, writing, listening, & Mrs. S's table. The students rotate through these stations, completing one per day. There is an assigned activity at each station that must be completed. Once the activity is completed, the Kinders have several other activities that they may choose to do. I work with Strategy Groups during this time. Mrs. S. works with her group, progress monitors for mClass, or works with students on specific skills. We work in our Literacy Stations for about 20 - 25 minutes.
This time then morphs into our Daily 5 time (about 30 - 35 minutes). After gathering on the carpet, the students choose their first rotation activity while I continue to work with students at my table. We only have time for two rotations before lunch. I give the kids about 5 - 10 minutes after lunch to finish anything that they didn't get done. Those kiddos who are finished with everything get to choose another D5 activity.
In the spirit of all things Literacy, here are my five.
Sight Words Stations set I recently purchased on TpT from Sharing Kindergarten.
HERE. Penguin word cards HERE, Groundhog word cards HERE, Valentine CVC spelling cards HERE, Rainbow math card HERE.
And, finally I want to share a story one of my little cuties wrote. On Wednesday she sat in the Writing Station & announced that she was going to write a book for me to read to my granddaughters. She did this completely on her own!
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