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Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations
Topic: Literacy Station Organization
I have to give credit where credit is due, and I'll say I got most of my literacy center ideas from Kindergarten Works. This website has been a great boost of energy I needed. Just when I was getting comfortable in Kinder, I got this volt of energy that sparked me to do some fun, new things! Change is good, right?
So, here goes:
I have 10 literacy centers. I have the kids rotate through them by keeping them with their classroom jobs partners. So, when it's time for them to rotate, I just move 1 popsicle stick instead of 2. So, the popsicle sticks say "Line Leaders" "Computer Equipment" etc.
I keep all of my materials in white tubs I bought at Wal-Mart.
A teacher friend's dad made this cubby for me! LOVE IT!!!! I gave him 1 bin for measurement, told him I wanted 12 bins and bada-bing, bada-boom, DONE :)
I use 5 of the 12 bins for Literacy Centers.
So, let's take a look at each Literacy Center I have:
1. Big Books.
At each station, I have pockets with "to-do" ideas for my Kinders so they know how to spend their time at the center.
Big Books "to-do": Read with a pointer or Rainbow your words. My big books are stored in the back of this block wooden easel. (The to-do cards are attached to the side-my picture should have been zoomed out to show you the easel, sorry 'bout that.)
House to-do: Look up words to write. Make a shopping list. Call a friend. Type an e-mail. Read to Lucy. (At the beginning of the year, we took a class vote and named our baby doll.)
I sent out a call for broken household items and received a Nintendo DS, iPod Shuffle, iPod touch, iPad, screwdriver, digital camera, 3 misc. cell phones, the cutest toaster I'd ever seen, and so much more... needless to say, our house station is STOCKED!
We made a classroom phone book, so the kids can "call" their friends using our phonebook on the lifeless cell phones.
Writing to-do: Look up words to write. Mail a letter to your friend.
I took a free printable from Kindergarten Works and enlarged it and put it in a document so I could print it on envelopes. The kids love this! They feel like grown-ups when they drop their letters in the mailbox.
4. Detective Center
Detective Center to-do: Write in your detective Log. Find the letter or word.
This center is in one of those white tubs, so they take the tub to a designated spot in the classroom to do this center.
I put a few seasonal books in there for the kids to look through. They get clipboards and laminated paper magnifying glasses to look for the words I specify each week.
Playdough to-do: make a word with playdough.
Got these free printables from Kindergarten Works (Thanks!!)
6. Letter Tiles
Letter tiles to-do: Spell your spelling words or sightwords.
Retell to-do: Retell your favorite story.
In this bin you will find 2 books, props, and a black pillow case. I sewed one end over on the pillow case to make a place for a tension rod to go through. The kids put the tension rod through and hang the curtain between the 2 doorways of my coatroom. All I did for props was scan the book pages, print them, cut them out, laminated them, and put them on popsicle sticks. They LOVE this!! :) I've got a few 3D props that they can use too- plastic fruit for The Very Hungry Caterpillar; stuffed Clifford dog for any Clifford books, etc.
Poetry to-do: Match words you know. Highlight words you know. Circle words in your Poetry book.
My poetry station is in a corner of my coatroom hanging on the side of my metal filing cabinet. They get to read the poem (We've read it several times in class before I put it at the Poetry station), use the index cards to match words, and circle words in their own poetry books.
This is a little invention of my own: I created a word document with 5 rectangles on it. Colored the rectangles blue, red, yellow, green, etc. Printed it out on to clear transparency film and ta-da! Highlighters! :)
9. iPad station. I am fortunate enough to have 2 classroom iPads. The kids are allowed to 2 choices of Apps they can play on during Literacy centers. I use iPads also during math, quiet time, small group instruction, one on one instruction, and as a reward for good behavior. They are the BEST!
10. Teacher station. That's me! :) We use a blending board to make our spelling words. We read a book that is all about our letter of the week. We clap syllables. We name rhymes. You name it, we do it! I record it all in my handy dandy Literacy Binder for quick reference at conference time.
So, there you have it. My 10 Literacy Stations.
oh, I also do cross-curricular learning centers in the afternoon, and I store all my center materials in cereal boxes. Here's a pic. Let me know if you want to know more! :)