What activities do you incorporate into your daily literacy? I try to pack as much meaningful content into my literacy block as possible with the core daily literacy activities: word work (spelling and phonics), reading activities (book clubs, read to self, listening station), and writing. If you want to see how I schedule all of this, read this blog post. My 90 minute reading block is a busy time, full of activities that students enjoy while they practice skills at the same time. In this blog post, I introduce you to my Daily Literacy Activities that are available monthly in one download! BAM! Your literacy stations can be set up in 10-20 minutes!
My word work stations are our spelling words for the week. This is an important part of daily literacy activities. I have planned them to be based on a phonics concept each week. Shown below is “ea” vowel team, and long i sounds with “igh” “ie” and “y”. The beginning of the year starts with CVC patterns, followed by digraphs and blends, towards middle of the year we focus on long vowel sounds, and by the end of the year we are working with multi-syllabic words with prefixes and suffixes.
Reading stations can include book clubs, listening stations and/or independent reading. I place these graphic organizers at any of these stations so that my students can practice comprehension skills and have some accountability for their learning while at that station. The organizers are themed differently each month and incorporate a variety of reading skills such as text features, cause and effect, main idea and details, character traits, etc.
My writing station includes monthly writing topics, word walls, prompts, and self-monitoring writing pages. Ten writing prompts give my students choices on what they will write about in their monthly journal. The prompts engage students in writing personal narratives that incorporate monthly themes and topics. Full sheet, self-monitoring writing pages feature an image that inspires creative writing, students love making up stories based on stories that they have read.