Ideas for Literacy Stations
Listening to recorded books helps children learn what good reading sounds like and leads to better fluency and prosody. Collect books on tape or Cd and multiple copies of the recorded book. Each week change out the book and have the children listen to it and complete a graphic organizer to go with. Headphones are helpful, but not necessary. Some years I've placed my listening center just outside the classroom door where I can still see the children, but where they won't be distracting to the other children. Be sure to use graphic organizers that the students are already familiar with so that they can complete them independently. Story maps and character webs work great in listening centers.
A writing center is another easy literacy station to include in your classroom. Set up a table and provide paper, pencils, markers, crayons, tape and a stapler. You have paper with different sized lines, some with lines only on half or no lines at all. Colored paper and stationary are also fun to add to the writing station. Let children write stories, letters and lists or make their own books.
Word Work Station
Use this station for word work. Make games and activities for different word patterns and spelling rules and change them out each week. Some ideas are bingo games, matching games and sorting activities. You can have one for the whole class each week or have several of different levels to differentiate your instruction. If you are working on short vowels, you might have a picture sort for just short 'a' patterns, one for sorting short 'e' and short 'i' and that sorts all 5 short vowel sounds.
These are just a few ideas for first grade literacy stations. With a little thought and creativity you can incorporate any of your language arts activities from shared reading to word wall into a literacy work station.