I have been using Literacy Stations in my classroom since I started teaching 11 years ago. I’ve used them in first-third grades and have found them beneficial for all students. I decided to start a little blog series during the month of January that will cover all things Literacy Stations.
So to start off – I decided to answer a few questions about Literacy Stations to introduce us to the topic…
What are Literacy Stations?
- Literacy stations are literacy based activities that students can work on independently.
- They provide practice and differentiation with reading and writing skills. Some stations can offer review for students while also offering challenge activities for students who are ready.
- Stations are more student driven and less teacher driven.
- They do not need to be changed out weekly – stations can run with the same activities all year long making less work for the teacher.
- Literacy stations when up and running can free the teacher up to pull small groups.
- Students are independently working on reading and writing skills which makes it possible for me to pull literacy small groups.
- Students have choices in the activities that they are working on.
- There are options that provide built-in differentiation.
- They are working with a partner or group of 3, which provides practice working with others.
- Students are rotating stations each day so no one is bored doing the same activity multiple times in a row.
- Once it’s set-up – it’s up and running. I do not have to change out stations each week. I do add things throughout the year, but since there are multiple choices at each station – kids are more likely to be engaged.
- No worksheets – I’m not a fan of worksheets and while they are some recording sheets this is not a sit down and do your workbook type of time. Students are practicing reading, creating writing pieces, and playing games. Much more engaging then doing a few pages in a workbook.
Where did I get most of my ideas and inspiration?
- I’ve gotten many ideas, especially when I was just starting out, from Debbie Diller. She has two excellent books about literacy stations. Literacy Work Stations is geared towards K-2 teachers. Practice with Purpose is geared towards 3-6 teachers.
- I also have been through a training at a past school.
- I’ve also researched ideas online and implemented/created ideas of my own.
What will this blog series include?
- This blog series will run through the rest of January.
- I will also be doing videos on Instagram and/or Facebook.
- Topics Included:
- Ideas for…. reading station, technology station, fluency station, reading response station, vocabulary station, writing station, non-fiction station, and teacher time.