I've been wanting to share more about my Literacy Work Stations, and since I'm home now for Day 2 of Hurricane Sandy, I figured it was a good time.
In my first post about 1st Grade Literacy Work Stations I wrote about how I spent a great deal of time trying to come up with a way to organize and plan for Work Stations that would provide sufficient challenge and accountability, but also have a predictable routine that would allow for independence. I love what I've come up with and it seems to be working really well.
Here's a close-up on my Word Work Station:
At the start of Literacy Stations, the "captain" for each group gets the bucket for their center and takes it to the table (each station has an assigned table and the groups rotate throughout the week). Inside each Work Station bucket are two folders and the materials for the week's activity. The red folder is labeled "1st" because kiddos need to complete that activity during Work Station time. There are two labeled sides inside the folder for "Blank" worksheets and "Finished" worksheets. On Fridays, I collect all the finished work, check it, and staple it together to send home, along with a score rubric (more on that later). The purple folder is labeled "2nd" and has activities they can do if/when they finish their 1st activity.