Revamping Literacy Workstations + a Freebie!

I've been working on revamping my literacy workstations this year. Mostly adding in some new ones that I'd not tried before. Keeping in mind the dynamics I have going on in my classroom this year with the Multi-age, I felt I need to update my workstations to match. I also wanted to build in more of an element of choice. While most of the kiddos in my ELA group are firsties, I also have a few second graders and a couple third graders.

There are a couple of groups that I am working with intensively. We do four rotations and I am lucky that I have a TA (teacher's assistant) and an ELL TA during that time to work with groups. The groups that I am most concerned about, who need more intensive instruction, either work with me and each of the TAs each day. Since I am a decidedly visual person, I created a pictoral schedule which we display each day's rotation schedule on the document camera during rotations.


So. Here's how you read it....
  • Blue horseshoe is our horseshoe table (which I call the macaroni table), and our TA works with small groups there on both sight words and phonics skills. She is fabulous!
  • Purple hexagon - is the table where the ESL TA works with sight words and vocabulary activities.
  • Orange table- That's ME! And I am working with guided reading groups.
  • Green C's - These groups get to choose an activity of their choice. These are phonics skill activities, sight words, listening center, or computer station. I don't use all of these as choices every day....I post about 4 each day.
  • Beige Computers- on Tuesday, we go to the computer lab & do our workstations there. When kiddos are not in a prescribed workstation, they are doing Spelling City at their computers.
  • Laptops - on Wednesday, & Friday, I use my teacher laptop for a Media Center. Right now, I am using this fabulous set of  Rock N Learn Sight Words DVDs that I reviewed for Educents back in the summer. It worked so well for my three-year-old granddaughter...I'm excited about the potential for the kiddos in my class. 
  • Ooka Island - You'll also notice that on Mondays and Thursdays, I have individual students using my laptop for Ooka Island. I reviewed this for Educents over the summer also, & found that even my three-year-old granddaughter gained literacy skills as a result of using it (& she loves it, by the way).  

I am SO enjoying this Fall Break! We've been spending a few days in Myrtle Beach relaxing & enjoying the sun & surf. I think it probably tells  you how much this break was needed when I tell you that one of the highlights of this little trip was taking a nap by the beach. Seriously. Just the simple fact that I could just shut down.....aWeSoMe!! I did spend some time last night while watching The Walking Dead making a new workstation activity that we'll be using when Fall Break is over. 

I Spy Sight Words - Fall Edition (non-Halloween). There are four different Fall-themed pictures, each with 7 sight words hidden in them. Kiddos will use magnifying glasses to hunt for and locate the hidden sight words. They'll create a a tally chart: record the word that is found and tally the number of times it appears in the picture. Then, they will convert the data into a graph. I am super excited to launch this in my classroom!
If you'd like to give it a spin in your room, just click the image below. It's a FREEBIE for a limited time!!



Over the next several days, I'll be sharing some of the workstation activities we do for Choice.
I'm always looking for new ideas....what are some of YOUR favorite workstation activities?