Literacy Workstations

 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.

Poetry Workstation

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.

Bookworm Workstation

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.

Bookworm Workstation

Student sheet page 1

Student sheet page 2

Sticky note questions that are in the book

Activity Task Card

Writing/ Word Wall Workstation

In this station, the students practice their writing, current vocabulary words, and also recall the previous vocabulary words that they were exposed to earlier in the year.  The writing activities vary depending on what the students need. The students write their weekly vocabulary words in a foldable that includes the word, definition, and a picture. When they finish, they must complete one of the activities on the choice board.  Then the students will complete the writing activity for the week. 


  1. How much time do the students get for a workstation. We have about 20 minutes for our rotations. Would that be enough time? You have some fabulous ideas here that I would love to implement. Thank you!

  2. Mrs. Childress12/04/2011

    Our workstations last for a hour and our students stay in the same workstation without rotating. The students go to one workstation a day for six days. We do pull Guided Reading groups while workstations are going on. The Guided Reading groups are in 20 minute sessions. We constantly changed our workstations and evaluated their effectiveness when we first started. It took time for us to figure out what worked best for us.I am sure you can make it work for you in 20 minute rotations. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Anonymous3/16/2012

    If you wouldn't mind sharing, what are some of the different tasks you have in the "Activity Task Card" station? (You show the card on the ring that says "Make a bookmark telling about your book.") I was curious what other activites you have at that station. THANKS for sharing your wonderful ideas!!! Very creative and organized!!!

    1. I'm sorry I don't have access to the activity task cards right now. Here is one of the websites that I have used to pull in some different activities,

      There are lots of resources available online. I hope this one helps!

  4. Anonymous3/16/2012

    I would also love to see what else you include in your activity task cards! Do you have a TPT store? I love your graphic oragizers and would love to use those with my older students!

  5. Great workstations! Thanks for sharing. I found your link over at Math Coach's Corner. I just wanted to let you know that your blog is so cute and extremely informational!! Love it!!
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  6. Hi! I am currently a Kindergarten teacher but am moving to 4th grade next year. I love you activity task cards! I was wondering if you share those with other teachers and if so, could I get a template or the activities? Thanks! please email me

    1. Check out the website above. I will post about the task cards in a couple of weeks when I am able to get into my classroom. Thank you!

  7. Anonymous5/15/2012

    could you share the rest of the activity task cards. This is amazing!!!

  8. I found this link on Pinterest! Love it!! =) Is there a possibility of getting the Activity Task Cards?? They look awesome and I would love to use them in my stations. =)

  9. Anonymous6/30/2012

    Thanks for sharing your reading ideas. I am always adding to my file! Caitlin (

  10. Anonymous7/17/2012

    This is wonderful! I am wondering a couple of things:
    1. Do your kids stay in their reading groups when they go to the centers?
    2. When you pull kids for a group, what are the expectations for the 40 remaining minutes when they are done with group? Do they do portions of a center?
    3. Do you have a sample schedule of how the kids are assigned to a center each day?
    Thank you so much for any information.

  11. Hey! I didn't realize everyone was so interested in the task cards. The cards are in my classroom...we are not allowed back into our building until next week. :/ As soon as I can get into the building I will post about the task cards. They are a great part of our reading stations.

    To answer the questions above from Anonymous-
    1. Our students stay in their reading groups the whole time that we have stations. We have found that when the students switch stations it waste too much time changing and getting focused on the next task. So for us this works better. The students will be called back to a teacher station for guided reading while at their station.

    2. We have a "Must Do" and "May Do" sheet that we give the students. They know what they must accomplish and what to work on if they finish early at each station.

    3. I do have a sample schedule! It is on my schoo laptop and we are having technical difficulties getting wireless in the newlywed household....I will have Mrs. Childress upload this so you can see it. If you have any other questions please let me know!

  12. Anonymous7/29/2012

    Hello and thank you for your awesome and creative ideas. I was wondering though do your work stations always stay the same? For example, do the students always do the same activity in the book worm station, and the only thing you change is the book being read for that week? Is the same concept applied in the poetry station? I plan to implement many of your ideas in my classroom but want to make sure I understand how they work.

  13. Anonymous8/03/2012

    I love your Reading workstations!! This is my first year in 4th grade and these are going to help me so much!! Where did you get the task cards that you have on the ring? Thank you so much for sharing these with everyone. I look forward to seeing more.

    :) Leslie

  14. Anonymous8/25/2012

    What do you task cards say? I would love to make a few sets for my class. Thank you so much!
    Lisa Kay

  15. We found the task cards online so they are not really "ours" to share. I will work on finding the original site so that you can download them.

  16. Here are some examples of the reading task cards:

    *Draw and label a character from a description in the book.
    *Write about a memory or experience of your own that is similar to something you've read in the book.
    *How did the book make you feel when you were reading it? Explain your answer.
    *Which character in this book would you most like to be? Explain your answer.
    *Re-read a chapter. Pick out three words that you feel are powerful words and that you could use in your own writing in the future.

    Here are some examples. Lots of free reading task cards can be found online and Teachers Pay Teachers.

  17. Anonymous8/27/2012

    Thank you so much! They are splendid:) Lisa Kay

  18. Anonymous9/09/2012

    I would like to start a poetry center during my stations. Where could I find good 4th grade level poems? Thank you!

  19. Anonymous9/15/2012

    I am starting my literacy workstations this week. Thank you so much for you wonderful ideas!! It doesn't feel so overwhelming now.


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