Category Archives: Literacy Work Stations

Literacy Work Stations-a different approach

When I decided to include recording sheets at my Math Work Stations, I also decided that it would be beneficial to add some to my Literacy Work Stations.  I got a few from some Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s friends and came up with a few of my own (after finding some ideas on Pinterest).

This is an idea I found on Pinterest.  I cut vinyl from my Cricut machine and adhered the letters on to spoons (white for the upper case and clear for the lower case).  The kids match the upper and lowercase spoons to each other, then they fill in the missing upper and lowercase letters on this Spoon recording sheet I made.

The kids are working on finding sight words in our big books (using highlighter tape):

I’m working on a recording sheet for big book work station–I’m thinking something where the kids will need to write each sight word they find or tally how many times they find the word…

I got this Roll a Letter game from Kathleen Pedersen from Growing Kinders.  We can play it two ways…right now we are rolling the large die and writing down the upper and lowercase letter that comes up.  In another week or so, I will change out the pictures and the kids will have to write down either the beginning or ending sound they hear in a word.

This one is also from Kathleen’s It’s Fall Ya’ll pack.  The children roll the dice and find a fall themed picture that has the same color word written on it and color it that color.  We are working on recognizing color words right now and I’ll change it out to sight words in the next few weeks.

This last activity is from Plenty of Pumpkins by Karen LeBlanc.  The children use a pencil and a paperclip as a spinner.  They spin the first letter of the CVC word on the spinner on the left and the last letter using the spinner on the right.  The kids then read the words to determine if they are real or nonsense words.

Kristen 🙂

Literacy Schedule

We are required to teach a 90 minute literacy block each day.  I’ve been asked if I would share what my time looks like within that 90 minutes so here is what it looks like right now:

8:35-8:50 Morning Message (usually something on the Promethean Board tied to our big book)

8:50-9:10 Big Book (we usually echo read, choral read, and really dig into the text of our book for the week)

9:10-9:40 Literacy Work Station (12-15 stations, 2 students at each)

Drama Work Station, Science Work Station, ABC/Word Work Station, Big Book Work Station, Promethean     Board Work Station, Listening Work Station, Library Work Station, Computer Work Station, Writing Work Station, Pocket Chart Work Station, Magnet Work Station, Sound Work Station, Puzzles & Games Work Station, and 2 Work with the Teacher Work Stations–we will add Buddy Reading Station 2nd semester

9:40-10:00 Imagine It!/Open Court (just the Phonemic Awareness portion)

10:00-10:15 Predictable Chart

10:15-10:50 Writer’s Workshop (mini lesson for 5-10 minutes at the beginning of this time, then I conference with 4 children per day as the rest write on their own)

Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

A Peek at Literacy Work Stations

Here’s what we’re currently doing in our Literacy Work Stations:

Big Book Work Station: We’re reading ABC books, Chicka Chicka, Brown Bear, and Chrysanthemum too! 🙂

Magnet Work Station: We are currently retelling Brown Bear, but I made a laminated copy of my Mouse Paint retelling cards and as soon as I put magnets on the back, we will retell it too! 🙂

You can get these for free by following this link to my Pinterest page.

You can also get the spinners and Brown Bear games from my friend Donna Glynn (Kinderglynn) by going to her Tpt store.

I laminated the animals, cut them out and put magnets on the back.

Pocket Chart Work Station: We are currently retelling Brown Bear at our pocket chart work station.  You can follow the first link above to get these heads and tails cards and the google doc with the words. 🙂  Again, I laminated them and cut them apart.

I’m going to add my Mouse Paint Retelling Cards to the pocket chart work station on Tuesday.

Writing Work Station: We are learning how to use the tools (pencils, markers, stencils, paper) that are in the station.

Computer Work Station: We are using the software that came with one of our reading series (Scott Foresman-Reading Street).  It has lots of letter identification, sound identification, and word identification games.  I showed it to my students on the Promethean Board as a whole group before they used it themselves. 🙂

Sound Work Station: Right now we are using the letters and the Leap Pad Phonics Fridge Machine.  Here’s what a new one looks like:

They look like they are about $25 on Amazon.  You can get numbers too!  Mine belonged to my son and since he’s a 3rd grader now–he doesn’t really use it anymore!


Puzzles and Games Work Station: We are playing ABSeas from Discovery Toys right now with more activities to come!

Listening Work Station: We are currently listening to Brown Bear, Mouse Paint, LMNO Peas, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

ABC/Word Work Station: We are making our friends names with magnetic letters after looking at their names and pictures on cards.  We are also spelling the color words from Brown Bear (see link above for the website to get them from).

I’ll post more pictures when I add new activities. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Promethean Board Work Station

I’ve purchased several (okay 9) of the Interactive Whiteboard CD’s they sell at Lakeshore.  Here is one of them in use:

This is the Interactive Alphabet.  The children tap on the letter or picture on the right side and then tap where they think it belongs on the right.  The claw arm then picks it up and drops in in the column where they tapped.  If it’s correct they get a message on the screen, but if it’s incorrect, the picture explodes and returns to the right side for the child to try again.  After about two lessons on how to use it, my kiddos picked it up and can run the entire program by themselves.  They love playing this game and sometimes we will play as a whole group, but I also use it as a Work Station.  I really like this program because the kids have to listen to the sound or picture name when they tap the picture.  It gives them a chance to hear the sound the letter makes and then they have to use the knowledge they have about the letter to place it correctly.  I do have some kiddos who put the letter in the wrong column on purpose, but that seems to be happening less and less as the novelty of doing that wears off.

We are lucky to have a new Lakeshore store here, but if you don’t, you can get them online–or you could write a grant and get them for your classroom! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Sight Word Ideas

I’ve been in and out of town this summer training teachers on Science kits and have had some down time in the evenings to pin things on Pinterest.  Some of the ideas I’ve found are about Sight Words.  I’m always looking for more ideas to improve my Word Work Station and to find fun ways for my students to learn sight words.  Here are some of my favorites:

What a good idea! You spin a word using a top and record your roll on the graph.  Continue playing until one word reaches the top of the graph.

Mrs. Morrow’s Kindergarten

To play, you spin the top and whatever word that the top stops on you write on a graph.  You stop when one word has been filled to the top on the graph.


Valentine's Day sight word unscramble @ Apples and ABC's: Adventures in Kindergarten

Apples and ABC’s

The children get a job sheet (top left corner) and find the heart that corresponds to the number on the heart.  They unscramble the letters and write down the sight word.  She also has the children use the hearts for other activities too!

Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten: Community Helpers and Career Day blog

Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten

In this game, the children roll the two dice and create a word using the vowel pre-printed on the task sheet.


From Kindergarten with Love

The children use the “magic spoon” to read different words.  They use the same consonant and hold it up to different word endings.

word family center

Tunstall’s Times

The children toss a pom pom into one of the cups in the muffin tin.  They then write a word using that word family.  When I make this, I will probably use a foam cube instead of a pom pom and label it with 6 different letters.  My Kinder kids can then combine the letter on the die (the side that landed up) with the word ending in the cup.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas.  I can’t wait to get started on making them! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

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 🙂

Anchor charts

One thing I have promised myself that I would do more of this year is to create anchor charts. I’ve been creating them for our reading, writing, and literacy work station times/areas. Here are some examples


I’ve found that not only do these charts help the students remember what to do, they cut down on lots of behavior problems because the children know exactly what they are supposed to be doing because they suggested the ideas on the chart.
We create these charts together after lots of modeling from the children and myself. Writers workshop has been great so far because the children can tell you exactly what they should be doing and how they should be doing it.

How do you store your anchor charts?

Kristen 🙂

Literacy Work Stations in action!

Here are some photos of what our Literacy Work Stations look like during the 1st week of rotating through them.  The kids are doing a GREAT job and although I haven’t gotten to my assessments yet, I would rather the work stations run really well and me get to assessing later.  (I’ve done this job long enough now to know who knows what!!)  I’ve explained most of the activities in a previous post, so this will be a slide show.  If you have a question, just leave me a comment and I’ll answer your question.

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Kristen 🙂

More classroom pictures 2011-2012

I was in my room today working on hauling my new IKEA stuff around.  Here are a bunch of pictures that I took today and I’ll write below them what they are if needed. 🙂  I took these with my iPod Touch, so they might be a little blurry–left my camera at home! 🙂


The two new tables I got from IKEA ($20 for the table and two chairs; this is two sets).  The green rug below is also from IKEA for about $20.00.  The pillows came from Old Time Pottery and I wanted another color besides green, so I got these that have the same green in the centers of the flowers, but have some pinks and whites as well.  I really like how this all ended up! 🙂

This is a magnetic board I got on clearance for $9.99.  I think it’s going to serve as my Magnet Work Station.  I really like the try at the bottom for catching those sliding letters.  We hung it with some of those Command 3M picture hanging hooks that can hold up to 20 pounds.  It looks like a toboggan to me! 🙂

This is how my Writing Work Station looks right now…

My Computer Work Station.  I had these on a table last year and it just took up too much room, so I moved them to desks.  These butt up to the back of Writing Work Station.

This is my calendar area.

This is my new Author’s Chair that I got at IKEA.

How I store my pointers.  I got the star wands at Target in the Dollar Spot and the rest I’ve collected over the past few years.

This is my bookcase that I use to store things we use during calendar, morning message, my Magic Tree House books, CD’s and other pointers.

I don’t know if I’ve ever put an up-close picture of the bench I sit on when we are doing whole group activities, so here you go! 🙂

Here is our new and improved Science area.  I took out the large table that was here before because it took up too much room.  I used another table from IKEA here along with a few bookcases for easier organization of science materials.

Here is the bookcase in the Science Work Station.

The Window in the Science Work Station.  I bought two new window mount bird feeders that will hang outside the window so the children can watch the birds (hopefully) come to the window.


Where my Pocket Chart Work Station will go next year.  I moved it away from the computers to the bottom of these closet doors.

Right inside my doorway.

My lovely door!

Looking towards the library.  My doorway is just to the left of where I am standing.

These are the tubs that will hold my Math Work Stations.  I am going to number the ends of each of the tubs and assign the children to a number (that will change each day so they rotate through them).

This is my horseshoe table that I use to work with small groups.

These are the new stools for my horseshoe table.  I got them at Old Time Pottery and they were originally from Target and there were two in a box.  I got two stools for $10 and then they were %40 off! 🙂

My desk.

These will be our Science Notebooks…I’ll be blogging about that more this year!

My new magazine holders (5 for $1.99 @ IKEA!).  I’m going to work on creating individual book baskets for each child.

These are two finds from Marshall’s!  The Eric Carle shapes are Colorforms and I thought they would be cute to use when we read his many stories.  The On The Farm books has magnetic farm animals and it works on positional words.

This basket holds microphones that I got from Target and the glasses.  This will go in my Buddy Reading Station (as soon as I find a place for it!)

This is my Intervention Basket that I started for one of my grad classes last semester.  It has everything I need to work with small groups of children on specific literacy skills. Now…to create one for math!

Hope you enjoyed the new pictures!

Sound Work Station Materials

I couldn’t remember if I had shared these ideas before or not…I got them from Debbie Diller at the workshop she presented in March (ISRA).  I’m making them now and using them in Puzzles and Games and ABC Work Stations.  Next year, I ‘ll be making a Sound W


Sound Boxes

The children use items stored in a pencil box and match them with the appropriate letter that each item begins with. I store additional items in a plastic hardware drawer unit (each drawer is labeled with a letter).   If you don’t have an item for the letter, just use several magnetic letters (upper and lowercase and different font styles) until you find something.  This activity will be introduced later this week to the whole class and will be then placed in the Puzzles and Games Work Station.


In addition to this activitiy, I created a Word, Write, Spell sheet:


The children use this sheet to help them learn sight words.  Before using this sheet it needs to get laminated so it can be reused. They are provided with cards (business sized cards) with the sight words printed on them (also laminated).  The children place five word cards on the left hand side of the page.  They then use a dry erase marker to write the words on the lines provided and then spell the words with magnetic letters.  I will begin using the page as soon as our laminating machine is repaired.  It needs to be printed on 11 x 17 sized paper.

Kristen 🙂

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