Managing Literacy/Math Work Stations

I’ve had several questions about how I manage my Literacy Work Stations lately, so I thought I would explain with some pictures:

I used Debbie Diller’s LWS signs from the back of her LWS book.  I shrunk them down to about 1/3 of their size (3x5ish) and laminated them.  I then put them into the pocket chart on the left side.  I printed all my kiddos names on business cards using a template on my computer.  I then put two compatible partners together.  I move the cards down one spot each day.  When I get to the bottom of the chart on the left, I move the cards to the top of the next chart.  I then move them down until they get to the bottom of the second chart, they they are moved back to the top of the first chart.  I have 12 stations so it takes 2 weeks and 2 days to get through all of the stations.  My students rotate through one station a day.

You can see part of the charts I use for Math Work Stations on the very right hand side.  I printed red number cards that correspond with red number cards on my Math Work Station tubs.  I did the same thing with the children’s names (printed them on business cards) and rotate them in the same manor.  The only difference is that I have 14 Math Work Stations.  I have an intervention group pulled out at this time so I do not have children using all 14 stations on each day–we use about 11 of them.  I have 14 though so there is enough variety and switching the activities occurs less often.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

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 April 14, 2012, in Literacy Work Stations, Math Work Stations, Organization, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Do you move the Work Station cards down each day or all the kids’ cards down each day?
    Also, do the students have choices within the stations to which they are assigned? In other words, if a student is assigned Word Work, are there a few different activities within Word Work that the kids can select? Thank you for your time.


  2. I follow something similar for my work stations. Can you tell me how long your students stay at their station. I still find myself trying to tweek my schedule, but really having a hard time with it.


  3. Hi Kristen,

    How long do you have them at that one station for?

    p.s. I love your blog, this is my first year teacing kindergarten and it has been VERY helpful!!


  4. Rebecca Kerr

    Hi Kristen, Thanks for posting this information! You said that you change your lit stations every 2 weeks (and a bit) – does this mean that your students go to each station only one time? Or do you have them rotate through the stations a few times before you change them? And do you change every station every 2 weeks or just some of the stations? Also, I have the same question as Beth (above). Do you have a few options at the stations? Just wondering because I find some activities may take only 10 minutes and others can take longer or can be played again. Thanks Kristen!


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Rebecca,
      I usually change my stations once every two months or so, usually when the kiddos are bored with the activities. It takes me two weeks to have everyone visit each station once. I like to have them do the activity at least 4 times, so that would take me around 2 months. I always have more than one activity in each of my Work Stations, except for at the beginning of the year, when we only do Literacy Work Stations for around 15 minutes a day. We slowly work up to 30 minutes after the first 9 weeks of school. Hope this helps! 🙂

      Kristen 🙂


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