When Jess and I sat down together, we created a checklist of important points to focus on while we planned for this station rotation model. This checklist could be used not only for planning Daily 5 stations, but for the planning of any centers or rotations. This list helped us to design around the literacy standards addressed in core instruction, while also keeping in mind accountability, which can often be a pain point during a centers or station rotation model.
- What do we want the students to know?
- How will they demonstrate/practice?
- Where will I build in voice and choice?
- How will I know what they know?
- What tools will I use?
The following is an example of how we used the checklist to plan for a three day station rotation in a K-2 classroom.
1. What do we want our students to know?
- Reading Standards for Literature 1 (RL.1)
- Writing Standard 1 (W.1)
- Speaking and Listening Standards 5 and 6 (SL.5, SL.6)
with the assumption that the core instruction is centered around these standards and that the centers/stations are to further proficiency or to demonstrate proficiency in these standards.
2. How will students practice/demonstrate understanding?
3. Where will I build in voice and choice?
Below you will find an example of a three-day hybrid playlist that incorporates choice. You will notice that there are must-dos and may-dos on this choice board. Each section allows for students to choose an option to allow for more voice and choice. Within each section a purpose is stated for the learning activity based on a standard. This makes the choice board fairly text heavy and might not be advantageous for all learners. However, all students should be aware and understand the purpose for each learning opportunity they engage in. Descriptions of each section are below the graphic.
Listen to Reading: There are hyperlinks and QR codes for students to access digital stories.
Showing students how to turn on Closed Captioning also gives them access to the text to follow along.
Work on Writing: Students are able to draw or write, depending on need. Standard W.1 requires students to state the name of the book, an opinion, supporting evidence, and a conclusion (depending on readiness). Make sure students know they will be sharing with a partner on day three. They also have the option to share to a larger audience through Seesaw.
Read to Someone: Using writing from day one and two gives the writing more purpose! Make sure students are aware they will be sharing their writing with an audience. It’s important to have modeled how to ask clarifying questions or to give prompts to get them started.
Work on Designing: Collaborating over writings from day one and day two, students can choose one character from a story read earlier in the week. Then, students design a t-shirt the character would like to wear. This could include a slogan, a picture, or maybe a t-shirt that solves a problem for the character (for example, keeps them dry in the rain).
Word Work: Students will choose one or two words to input into a Frayer Model to demonstrate understanding of the word. Students can choose to work independently or with a partner.
4. How will I know what they know?
- Introduction sentence. For example, “My favorite part is…” W.K.1, W.1.1, W.2.1
- Shares reasoning. W.1.1, W.2.1
- Connects opinion to reasons. For example, uses linking words like ‘because’ or ‘also’. W.2.1
- Closing sentence W.1.1, W.2.1
5. What tools will I use?
- This QR Code Generator in Google Sheets will help you generate QR Codes and keep them organized. Just add the link and title and you are set!
- A QR Code Scanner is built right into Chrome! Use the 3D touch on the Chrome icon to pop up the prompt, or find it at the top of the keyboard when in Chrome. You can also search on your iPad for QR Scan and it will pull it right up for you! Don't worry! Your students will get the hang of it!
- Seesaw is a pretty amazing classroom tool (yes, I’m an ambassador) that helps students communicate to a wider audience. These Seesaw activities are ready for you to assign today:
- A timer can be helpful for students to stay on track (and even you too!). We think ClassroomScreen has lots of great built-in tools for projection that will help everyone stay on track!
So what do you think? Will this work? Let us know if you try any of these ideas or how you plan your centers/stations each week!