The perfect Literacy Stations printable for your classroom! Perfect for literacy centers in Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade including editable printables. Over 50 pages of literacy station ideas to get the creative juices flowing!
Inside You Will Find:
-Cover page and directions
-Weekly literacy station documentation page *editable*
-Name cards *editable*
-Small literacy station cards
-Literacy station labels
-Literacy station posters
Materials Needed for Literacy Stations:
Getting Literacy Stations Ready:
This particular resource is full of an assortment of activities and centers, therefore, preparation will vary. I will do a quick rundown of each component in this resource and then explain how to set up your literacy stations afterwards.
Weekly Literacy Station Documentation
This document is editable. Before editing, you will need to download all ALL KG fonts. Then open document in Adobe Acrobat and then you will be ready to go. I found it easiest to fill out the “week of” section and student names prior to printing. I would type out all of my students’ names in the name column and then fill out the “Week of” and then print. I would do this for a couple of months at a time. You can also just input your students’ names and leave the “week of” blank and fill that in as needed. That is another easy alternative. Either way, you will have a pile of literacy station documentation ready to go for weeks at a time.
Name Cards and Rotation Cards
Type out student names onto editable name cards OR make picture cards. If you use the editable name cards, download all ALL KG fonts. Then open document in Adobe Acrobat and type in the words you would like to include. If you want to make picture cards, you will need to make them 1.9 x 2.5. You will simply print out how many rotation cards that you need. Laminate for extra durability.
Small Literacy Station Cards
Print all literacy station cards out. Depending on how many people are allowed at each station, you may need to print out a few copies. In some of the stations, I had students work independently, but most of them had up to three people at a station. I prefer on card stock and also to laminate because these will be used every single day. Laminating will allow them to be much more durable and last for years to come. I have always used a pocket chart to display the literacy station cards. I loved that one because it does not take up a bunch of space and it fits the cards perfectly. I typically used two of these for my classroom, but if I had a large class for the year, I had to use three.
Literacy Station Labels
Print all literacy station labels out. I prefer on card stock and also to laminate because these will be used every single day. Laminating will allow them to be much more durable and last for years to come. You will need to get plastic bins to store each of the stations (Obviously, this will depend on the station. Some stations will not need a place to store the various components needed for the station). I use double sided tape to adhere the laminated labels to the plastic bins. I used these wire storage cubes to hold all of my literacy station bins.
Small Literacy Station Posters
Print all literacy station posters out. I prefer on card stock and also to laminate because these will be used every single day. Laminating will allow them to be much more durable and last for years to come. These will go where the station is located. I always use mounting tape when attaching to the wall or some sort of structure in the classroom. This will keep the poster where I want it, while not ruining the wall or structure it is attached to. If you have a station that will not be in a set location (for example, the student’s desk), then I typically do not place the posters out. I only place the ones that have a permanent location.
1. Decide how many rotations you will have your students do each day. I always did four rotations – that seemed to have worked best for me in the time frame that I allotted for literacy stations. Place the rotation cards and students’ name cards into the pocket chart like the picture below.
2. At the beginning of each day I know which students I will be working with at teacher table during which rotation. I set the teacher table cards accordingly on the pocket chart before students arrive for the day.
3. You can either decide where each student will go for their literacy station rotations, or you can have them decide where they will go. If you let them decide, this will take some work upfront making sure that they understand how to do it and that they make sure there are no more than three (or whatever maximum number you decide) at each rotation. After a few weeks of helping them, though, they will know exactly what to do and will be able to sign up for their literacy rotations independently.
4. Use the literacy station tracker to keep track of where students went for the day. I always found this helpful to see which stations students are picking. Obviously, you want them to pick a variety of stations throughout the week. If you notice that they are picking the same ones day after day, you can encourage them to try something new for a change.
5. Each day you will repeat the set-up. I always had a helper or two that would clean the literacy station cards from the pocket chart at the end of the day so I could easily prepare it the following morning.
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