Awesome group activity for getting your kids up and moving around the classroom while performing a close reading on an informational/non-fiction text. Based on the article "The American Flag Stands for Tolerance" by Ronald J. Allen, originally published in the Chicago Tribune but easily accessible for free online.
How To Use:
1. Print group stations on cardstock or colored paper and tape to various locations around the room. (I even sometimes put a station outside the door to give the kids more room.)
2. Divide the class into groups, 1 group per station.
3. Give students their own copy of the worksheet, and instruct them in your requirements for filling out (ie. complete sentences, explanations, textual evidence, etc.)
4. Assign groups to individual stations and set timer for approximately 5 minutes per station. Adjust timing as needed based on your students.
5. When the timer goes off, students rotate around the room and the timer start again.
6. At the end of the activity, students will have an in-depth close-reading completed and will have been able to move around the classroom!