These stations are ready to go. Just print, copy, laminate and go. Very little prep needed!!
I love using stations in my classroom. My students love them too. I find these stations to be an excellent review for my students. It also gives me the opportunities to go around to each group and check on specific skills. I have also found that there are times that I just pull up to a table and use the time to do a reteach. Giving students the ability to manage themselves is such a freeing experience for the teacher.
I will explain how I run stations in my classroom. These stations do not have to be run in this way, but I have found that many teachers are not used to doing this type of activity in their classroom, so having a “how do you do this” page has helped many people.
In this purchase you will find many things.
8 Nonfiction task cards – they have short passages that are followed by a STAAR “like” question. The questions have been mirrored off the questions from the released tests. These cards are a small portion of my product “STAAR task cards – nonfiction edition”.
26 Literary terms task cards – these cards give the students a definition and they are required to provide the word that matches the definition.
12 text organization task cards – In these cards, students are given a short a short passage and asked to determine the type of organization used to create the text. These cards are a small portion of my product “Text Organization Task Cards.”
12 vocabulary cards – These cards ask the students to determine the meaning of unknown words in a short text. Students will most likely need to use a dictionary to answer these questions correctly.
8 main idea cards – these cards have short nonfiction passages. Each card asks the students to find the main idea of the excerpt.
12 fact and opinion cards – each of these cards have a sentence with a fact or an opinion. Each card asks the students to identify if the sentence is a fact or an opinion. It then asks the students to explain their thinking.
Station sheet – This is a word document to be copied and used by the students. It is not dressed up (i.e. it is very boring) because I wanted to leave this page editable so that you can change it up to suit your needs.
Station sheet Answer Key – This looks just like the station sheet, except it has all the answers. Again, it’s not very pretty.
Student Station Directions – included with each individual station, you will find a page that gives the students directions for what to do at each station.
Nonfiction Word Wall – I have included my fiction word wall with this product because… well, it just might be nice to have, especially before the test.
The ins and outs of how to use these stations in your classroom.
These stations have been designed to be completed within 10 – 15 minutes. Your classes may be much faster or slower depending on your students. Please use your own judgement about the timing. Each of the task cards are also a different color and background design. This will help in case there are any lost cards throughout the day. Overall, the stations should take between 60 and 90 minutes. They are easily continued the following day.