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emergentI just found out that my Literacy Work Stations Task Cards have been released by Really Good Stuff for the fall. Many teachers have been emailing and asking when these will be available again. The answer is now!

The cards are available in three different sets, including one for emergent readers (with simple text and lots of picture support for Pre-K, K, and early 1st grade). There is also a fluent set with more detailed instructions and higher level tasks (for middle to end of first grade into second grade and possibly third grade for some classrooms). And there’s a set that includes all the cards, emergent and fluent in one package.

I’ve created a variety of task cards for 8 different stations, including Big Book, Buddy Reading, Classroom Library, Drama, Listening, Poetry, Word Study, and Writing. There is a chapter on each of these stations in my book, Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work, available from Stenhouse Publishers to give you more information.

fluentI love the new art and look of these cards! They’re in full-color and are in English on one side and Spanish on the other… for all my bilingual friends! They are already laminated, hole-punched and include an O-ring for assembly.

To use them, just start by teaching with one task in whole group. Then move it to a station after you’ve taught with it. Model, model, model! Add new cards over time, as you teach with new tasks. These task cards can be used in conjunction with an “I Can” list. Simply have one item on the list say, “I can use task cards.”

Let me know how you like them! I’m excited that they’re ready for back to school. For those of you who have been asking about my out-of-print book, Beyond the Names Chart, it is in production and will be coming out soon from Really Good Stuff, too.

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Last week I worked in Ozark, MO with about 200 dedicated educators in Pre-K-grade 5 classrooms. We talked about literacy work stations and how to best utilize classroom space for maximum instruction. A classroom makeover was a part of this, of course!

Polly’s classroom featured an odd color of built-ins, a color somewhere between salmon and cantaloupe! We put black and white with it to give it a fresh new look. We worked together to redesign her space, too. See these before and during pics and then check back later for the after pictures!

 

Look at the color of those built-in cabinets!

Look at the color of those built-in cabinets!

The whole-group area in Polly's classroom

The whole-group area in Polly's classroom

We moved the whole group area away from the cubbies. Too much potential trouble for traffic flow. Plus the document camera projects to another part of the room. New whole group area is by a dry erase board which will become an interactive word wall.

After school, we went shopping to the FM store in nearby Springfield, MO. So many choices! Then off to get border at another shop. Polly went home to sew, Deb and Karen returned to school to recover bulletin boards.

A great fabric store

A great fabric store

So many choices!

So many choices!

Deb inspects borders for Polly's classroom

Deb inspects borders for Polly's classroom

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