Well hello there, friends! Room 43 has been stirring with lots of activity lately. Our bodies are restless, our voices are loud, and we have just about lost our minds, ha! When you walk into my classroom you can definitely tell that the end of the year is near! To keep my students busy and engaged while I’m completing end of the year assessments, we have been digging into lots of station work! There’s just no way I can teach lessons and do individual reading assessments. I mean, I would love to have a few clones of myself, but we all know that’s just not gonna happen!!
So, I prepped 10 ELA stations for my kiddos to rotate through this week. Each day they visit 2 of the stations. Our schedule looks like this:
Rotation 1 (30 minutes)- if you finish early go to Daily Five
Seat Work-spelling or a comprehension sheet- (30 minutes)
Rotation 2 (30 minutes)- if you finish early go to Daily Five
So we’ve been working with words, writing stories, and lots of other stuff!
2 students visit the station at a time. They collaborate to complete the station, but do complete their own recording sheet.
To keep up with who goes where and all of the work, here’s what I came up with.
We folded a large piece of paper into half, and wrote a quick checklist on the outside. When students finish their station, they lay the checklist folder with the completed work on my table. When I get a quick second I either grade the paper or check it off. It depends on what it is as to if I’m taking a final grade on it. Normally I grade things that take me a second to look through because ain’t nobody got time to grade lengthy assignments! The graded checklist help my students know which stations they have completed and which one to get from me during the next round. And, the stars mean that the sheet is 2-sided because they tend to ignore the other side most of the time!!
We are keeping all of the recording sheets in our station-made folders. Everything is safe and sound in one place! At the end of the week I will collect them, record the grades in my gradebook and send home.
Oh, and because several people have asked….
Here’s how I store all of my stations. It’s a hot mess. I have no station organization. I can feel how utterly disappointed you are in me, but it’s okay because I feel the same way about myself. However, this is me keepin’ it real. I put all my stations in bags, throw them in a filing cabinet drawer and hope for the best. And quite honestly, I have zero desire to organize them, ha!