Updated Literacy Work Stations

Hi All!

Hope your summer vacations are all going well!  I decided to re-read Debbie Diller’s Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work book, just to refresh my memory and I have a few updates I will share with you.  Please also know that I am changing much of the way my classroom is set up as well as adding a few new Literacy Work Stations.  I’ll post an updated layout soon. Each time I read this book, something new pops out at me…I’ve been wondering my kids have a difficult time keeping the library tidy–well DUH, it’s because I had too many books out at once!  Maybe I’ve over thought them in the past, but it seems that some of those little details will finally stick if you re-read them enough! 🙂  So you will see some of those AHA thoughts below.

I’m going to just type what I’ve written in my notebook and hope that it might spark some ideas for you! 🙂

Literacy Work Stations to-do: (general)

copy and laminate pages 212, 201, 199, 190, 188, 182, 172, 143-160

make a reduced copy of pgs. 143-160 for pocket chart x2

Library Work Station:

label shelves with fiction/non fiction

get new tubs (done)

label tubs with authors name, picture

add plants

open faced shelf must be moved here

put colored dots on book cover to match to tub

do not put out too many books in the beginning, cover them with a drape

assign a “Classroom Librarian” job

Our favorite books graph

maybe a new rug to anchor space

small table (from my son’s room) and chairs, or just a table and big pillows, with a small lamp

Big Book WS

place sticky notes with sight words written on them in the back covers of the big books, the children can then find them and match them to the sticky notes

chart of class names

ABC chart (for sounding out words in books)


new pointer bucket

move fly swatters with rectangles cut in them to BBWS

Writing WS (this station is getting a new home on a table rather than at the wood desk with cubbies)

use two display boards for backdrop

display color words, number words, alphabet, I can write about…( ideas of what to write about)

stacking paper trays

cups for pencils, markers, colored pencils, crayons (all labeled)



dry erase boards

classlist on display board

words related to science theme (in sheet protector)

word books

handwriting strips on the table

sentence strips cut in 1/2 for the children’s use

building blocks posters clipped to display boards

Drama WS

flannel board

drama props


popsicle sticks with childrens pictures on them

ABC/Word Study WS (this was two different stations–combining into one because there was lots of overlap)

word wall

ABC memory (match upper to lower case, sight words, etc.)

letter sort cards

playdough letters

wikki stick letters

ABC puzzles

ABC books

magnetic word tiles

magnetic board sectioned off for sorts (for quarters each with a velcro dot at the top for labeling what is to be sorted)

small pocket chart for sorting names, words, etc

letter matching sheets (previously posted on my blog)

Poetry/Pocket Chart (I’ve never had Poetry station, but these two stations overlap so much, it seemed natural to put them together, especially in Kindergarten)

small pocket charts

poems written on sentence strips (small) for taking apart and putting back together

poems printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper that match those on sentence strips so children can match the words on sentence strips to those on the page


transparencies of poems used at poetry/pocket chart station


get rid of long computer table and 2 computers (they don’t work) and replace with 2 student desks-children can store the keyboard and head phones in the desk

Listening WS

use bucket meant for cleaning supplies to hold headphones and 3 books+tapes/CD

burn a copy of the CD’s before givng the children a copy

2 headsets

pillows or small table and chairs

Science WS (new this year)

will be in the area where my library was

bookshelf specifically for science books

items to look at, examine, talk/write about

store science journals under the table

experiments that we conduct will “live” here

posters (weather, birds, nutrition, animals, life cycles, etc)

small chairs/maybe a table

I’m not finished re-reading it yet, but I will update when I am with the rest of the list! 😉

Let me know if you have any questions–my list is kind of random!

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on July 11, 2010, in Classroom layout, Kindergarten Classroom Layout, Literacy Work Stations, Random. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Melanie Lawley

    Hi Kristen-great list going…I have a similar one as well. I was wondering if you have read the Daily Five book? If so, your thought for Kindergarten. Thanks!
    Enjoy summer!!


    • kristenskreations

      Hi Melanie,
      I have not had time to read the Daily Five yet…it’s in my stack of books to read! Once I get it read, I’ll update you on my thoughts! 😉

      Kristen 🙂


  2. Looks like a good list of “to-do” items. I find myself doing this each summer, too…rethinking how to make my reading area better and organized. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing the info!


  3. Hi Kristen-
    I was just wondering if you have posted general information about your work stations? Information like how long they are, how often or how many rotations a day, how do you group your students, how many at a time, and how do you introduce them to students. Do you do literacy stations seperate from math stations? Where do you get ideas for what to put into your work stations. I’m new at implementing work stations in my classroom.


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