These literacy stations will evolve into my 'word work' stations for Daily 5 so for the sake of keeping my kiddos from getting confused. I just refer to them as Word Work Stations.
Here is a gander at my over all plan. Yes I have math stations and learning centers as well. But since they are still in the exploring and getting to know routines stage, I'm only going to focus on Word Work Stations this week.
If you click on the picture, it will take you to a google docs with the links to specific activities if you're interested in finding out more.
Station 1 is a sorting activity for letters that is part of my Top Bananas letter mastery systems. I like it because it's very kinesthetic and my kinders love to move. The clothes pins are especially good for their fine motor development.
Station 2: Pokey Pins. Another great fine motor activity that my kinders love. I have a bunch of these lined up in my wall so they can take the top layer off and see their creations after the fact. I'll be using the number ones for math this year as well since I have so many with fine motor needs.
Station 3: I always have the option for students to work on some kind of an I-Spy activity. It's great visual discrimination exercise and the logical thinkers in my class love the whole 'puzzle' dimension of it. They try to see how fast they can find the answers and even when they complete it, they want to do it again. This one is differentiated for early literacy learners.
Station 5: Letter Beads. I love that my letter beads now have a purpose. This will be a stable station in word work stations because my kinders love it, it's great fine motor exercise, and I will have activities for the year to keep them busy and challenged. This starter series is free and it will give them a good start on how to use the materials and offers letter recognition activities.
Station 7: Write the Room Farm Yard Fun. There's several different ways to tier this activity. I love write the room activities and I use them for math and literacy so this is always a choice for my students. Again, this is one that if they finish, they always want to go back and do it again. It's amazing. The logical and kinesthetic learners especially love the movement component to this activity and the challenge of finding out where all the cards are placed. Be brave and give write the room a try. Kindergarten should be active, there should be movement and it's ok . . . especially when they are engaged as they will be with write the room.
Station 8: Letter Jenga- I can't believe in all my pictures of all the activities my class does, I do not have a picture of this but I don't! I will get you one when I do my recap. I think everyone has done this activity in their class. I came across some little mini Jenga sets a few years back and was able to make an entire 11 sets for each of the 11 Dolch word lists so the letter one is really helpful in teaching my kiddos about the game and how it works. Definitely a class favorite.
Station 9: Cookie Sheet Activities- Julie Van Alst from Make Take Teach is one of the smartest people I know and just happens to be an RTI consultant for my school district. She makes great products and her cookie sheet activities are perfect for my class because they are mobile, tierable (is that a word) and the kids love them. This week I continue to use her ABC order set and will introduce her Beginning Sounds set to my students who are ready for that challenge. You'll be seeing these activities in many of my stations throughout the year.
In case you haven't seen my earlier posts on how I organize my word work stations, I use these containers that are numbered
and inside there are color coded (there are little colored dot stickers on them) poly envelopes. I have laminated colored name cards, whichever color your name is written on is the color of poly envelope you use. Because the name cards are laminated, I can change them as anytime which is GREAT for ongoing assessment and flexible grouping needs. If you want more details on how I organize this you can see it in an older post HERE.
So that's it. I'll be back later in the week to recap how they went and give you some updates on how my Daily 5 journey is going.