Academic journal article Childhood Education

Stations of the Classroom

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Stations of the Classroom

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Physical education teachers often use stations during their classes. For example, students do ten push-ups at Station One, ten sit-ups at Station Two, etc. This can be an effective format for language arts classes, as well. It will be handy to have a kitchen timer with a bell so that the time at each station can be regulated fairly. Here are two ways to use Stations of the Classroom.

* Spelling Private Eye. In this activity, students receive a good review of spelling words. Post a short paragraph at each station that uses spelling words the children have studied. Include several errors in each paragraph. As they circulate, the students must act as private eyes to find the errors and write the words correctly on their notepads. Once everyone is finished, check to see which private eyes were the sharpest observers. A similar exercise can be done using punctuation or grammar errors.

* Answer the Question. For a change of pace in creative writing class, and to help those who have trouble thinking of something to write, let everyone write the same story. …

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