The following suggestions are taken ferom Debbie Diller's Literacy [[CLP-Literacy Work Station Ideas#|Work Stations]]: Making Centers Work.

Independent Reading:

What Children Do
  • Read infromation from an "author study poster" created by the class.
  • Using a "How to Choose a Book" chart to choose books.
  • Read familiar books.
  • Read independent-level texts.
  • Look at pictures in a book and tell the story (K5 and first grade)
  • Share favorite parts ofa book with a partner.
Materials (some suggestions)
  • A sign clearly labeling the space.
  • A wide variety of books with a balance of fiction/nonfiction, magazines, newspapers, big books, student-made books, etc.
  • Books and poems representing the cultures of all students in the class.
  • Books that are sorted and labeled in bins/boxes.
  • Comfortable seating.
  • [[CLP-Literacy Work Station Ideas#|Book reviews]] written by the class and by individual students.
  • Posters made by the class on authors, how to choose books, how to [[CLP-Literacy Work Station Ideas#|write a book]] review...
  • Forms and paper with pencils for writing responses and reviews.
  • [[CLP-Literacy Work Station Ideas#|Sticky notes]], pointer

Independent Writing:

What Children Do
  • Writing something- a list, a card, a letter, a story, a fact book, a [[CLP-Literacy Work Station Ideas#|survey]], etc.
  • Talking about your ideas for writing; tell a partner what you are thinking about vwriting
  • Writing a description- of something I see in the room, of a classmate, of my pet, of my mom, of my teacher
  • Telling a friend a story
  • Writing down a story you were told
  • Doing "Expert" writing
  • Writing messages others can easily read and understand
  • Begin to use reference materials (e.g word walls, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Playing with creative ideas (e.g story starters, research reports on topics read about)
Word Study:
What Children Do
  • Sort letters
  • Make letters
  • Do ABC puzzles
  • Read ABC books
  • Write ABC books
  • Read ABC charts
  • Sort words
  • Make words
  • Illustrate words
  • Do word hunts
  • Put words in ABC order
  • Play word games
  • Do dictionary/thesaurus work

*Teacher modeling is essential for station success!

Vocabulary and Interactive Word Wall Activities:

Poetry Work Station: