Here is Ms. Winstead's class working during reading workstations.
Text Features Workstation
We started this workstation last year to help our students to better understand the different types of text features that they would see on the EOGs at the end of the year. The students will see many of these textfeatures on non-fiction passages. We created these boards to help identify the text feature along with an example of that text feature. We have pulled out samples to put in a binder. During the workstation, the students look in the binder and locate the textfeatures in the binder. If they can't identify the text feature is, they look at the board to remind them. The students fill out a sheet identifying the text features that are in the binder.
|This is the binder where the sample pages are located. The students had to identify the highlighted text. The students also had to be able to write the title of the map and also to identify what was in the map key.|
In this work station, the students become familiar with seeing and understanding poetry. Each time the student comes the workstation, they answer EOG type poetry questions. The students are then able to choose their own poem that they would like to read. The student also become familar with parts of speech while in this station. The are going to have to be able to identify nouns and verbs, etc.
We provide a book for the students to read. We also provide a sheet that asks several questions about the book. For example: The title, author, make a prediction, and type of genre. The students then read the book together. While they are reading, we place sticky note with three higher order thinking questions within the pages of the book. When the students turn to that question, they must answer the question on their paper. After they have finished reading, they need to list the main characters and tell what they know about those characters. They also have to describe the setting and make a connection. On their paper they must summarize the story, compare and contrast the characters, and recognize the author's purpose for writing. This is a great way to allow the students to interact with the book and to understand these needed literacy skills. When the students finish their worksheet, there are activity task cards that they can work on.
|Student sheet page 1|
|Student sheet page 2|
|Sticky note questions that are in the book|