Stations Management Galore!

It's time to start thinking about how you're going to provide small group instruction to your students. Whole group does not always do the trick, so I am happy to share how I plan to run centers for my students each day. 

ELA Stations 

These stations will happen in my classroom from Monday - Thursday for 45 minutes. On Fridays, students will of course have testing, but also have the chance to engage in leveled nonfiction readers. Students will be split into three strategic groups based up where they are in Accelerated Reading. Groupings will change quarterly based on student data. Here are the three activities: 

•Word Work/Writing (12)

In this station, students will focus on spelling patterns, vocabulary, and writing. They will be using a basal work station flip chart that aligns with our text reading of the week. 

•Guided Reading (12)

During Guided Reading, my students will gain in depth instruction on what we worked on during Readers' Workshop. 

This will be when they learn specific skills and strategies to help them to become better readers. 

•Independent Reading/AR Testing (12)

During this time, students will read their instructional leveled reading books for AR. They will have to respond to those the text through a log. This will hold students accountable for their reading, prior to taking the reading comprehension test. I would rather students receive feedback on their comprehension from me, rather than having to take an AR Test multiple times. Tests for AR can only be taken during this time or whole class AR reading time. 

*Things to Consider:

-Time for transitions 

(Students will work in the center for exactly 12 minutes, and they will have 3 minutes or less to clean up their area and move to the next station.)

-How you want students to transition

(I will say, "One minute warning" and students will finish up what they are working on. Students will hear one bell for cleaning up and stand up in line. Two bells will be sounded for students to move to their next station.) 

-What materials you want them to have

(Every center will have the appropriate materials for students to use, except students will need to bring a pencil and their Guided Reading notebook.) 

Math Stations 

I hate that I will only have about 25-30 minutes to work with students in Math Stations. Only if there were more time, I could feel comfortable with rotating them at least twice. 

•Guided Math

In Guided Math, students will have the chance to practice math fluency, exercise problems that align to the lesson, and learn how to solve problems with the appropriate strategies. 

•Moby Max 

This is a great math intervention for students. It checks in on fluency (addition, subtraction, and multiplication) first, then it has students work on math concepts like place value, geometry, i.e. Since my class only has 3 computers, their will be a daily rotation for students to have at least 15 minutes per week. So if there are 18 students with 6 students in each group, then I could have at least 3 assigned students for each group to work on Moby Max for the 3 days. The other three students will be able to do Moby Max during the Morning Work time.  

•Math Games 

Students will have the chance to play a math game that aligns to the lesson we are on. This math game will hold students accountable for applying their problem solving skills and monitoring their own learning in math. 

*Things to Consider: -Time for transitions  (Students will work in the center for exactly 20 minutes per day, and they will have 3 minutes or less to clean up their area and prepare for the next activity.) -How you want students to transition (I will say, "One minute warning" and students will finish up what they are working on. Students will hear one bell for cleaning up and stand up in line. Two bells will be sounded for students to move to their next activity.)  -What materials you want them to have (Every center will have the appropriate materials for students to use, except students will need to bring a pencil and their Math Workbook to Guided Math.) 

Hope this helps! 


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