This product can be used in a 5th grade to 7th grade classroom to support Reader's Workshop and the Reciprocal Teaching. Reciprocal Teaching focuses on four main reading comprehension strategies: predicting, clarifying, summarizing, and questioning. Reciprocal Teaching encourages students to discuss and analyze what they are reading. This station teaching packet allows students to work together to strengthen these reading comprehension skills.
Each station is associated with a core reading comprehension strategy and a core text. At each station students will read the text, and complete the station assignment.
Summarizing Station: Students will read an article and write a one sentence summary after each section. At the end students will write a summary of the entire article.
Predicting Station: Students will read a short story and after each section, will answer a prediction related question using the information they just read.
Clarifying Station: Students will read excerpts from a short story. Students will use context clues in order to figure out the meaning of a bolded word.
Questioning Station: Students will read an article and develop both literal and inferential questions about what they are reading.
As an added bonus, I included a 5th station for students on Analyzing Nonfiction Text features. At this station, students can take any nonfiction book (such as a textbook) and look for particular text features and explain the information they give to readers.
I gave students 20 minutes at each station before they rotated. Students took their packets with them to each station, leaving behind the reading materials. My students thoroughly enjoyed this activity and told me how much fun they had completing it.
This activity is especially useful in an ICT classroom as it resembles one of the Co-Teaching models. It can also be used as a differentiation tool for students with disabilities.
I have included the links to all of the articles and short stories that I used. They also can be easily found online. Additionally, I also included the cards containing the excerpt of the short story for the prediction station.
Lastly, this activity could easily be modified using any texts that you are currently teaching in your classroom or that are more relevant for your students.