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Monday, September 7, 2015

An Easy Station Idea--in an EDITABLE format!

If you're anything like me, you are wide awake in bed at night trying to figure out how to make life easier.  Maybe it's home life, school life, or both!  This past week, I couldn't turn my brain off.  I haven't even been working with groups yet (as I'm still assessing our 1st and 2nd graders), but I kept thinking, how can I make my life easier when I begin taking on a possibility of 16 small groups?  Then, Thursday at my lunchtime, an idea that was brewing in my head all week, came to life.  I shared it with my coworkers and they are ready to add it to their D5 stations, I think.  We shall see how it goes.  Here's the rundown.

1) You need to gather three materials to create this station.  SIMPLE materials---think Dollar Tree and Recycling.  You may even have these items in your house now!  I promise you--Simple!!  
Here we go.  You need: 

1) An empty egg carton--one that holds a dozen.  It doesn't matter the material of the egg carton.
2) Color Coded Labeling Stickers (primary colors if you use my format)
3) A Cotton Ball or Craft Ball

After you gather these three basic ingredients, you use the color coded stickers 
on the inside of each egg holder in the carton.  You will use 3 of each color.
 (4 colors x 3 of each =12 different stickers on the inside of your egg carton)

Place the craft ball on the inside.   
Then students follow these directions.

Using an idea from me, or typing your own skill, choose the card that best suits your students' abilities.
Place the skill card, egg with cotton ball, and a recording sheet (or dry erase board) at a station for students. Here are some suggestions to get you started. 

Below is the what the editable station activity looks like. 
I have included it in both color and black/white.
 To create your own, simply add a text box in PowerPoint and write the skill you are wanting to use following the format from my suggestion cards.  
**I do think that using the color coded stickers over the circle images makes it POP more and keeps it consistent with colors.   I would post an image of the one I made, but one of my teacher friends wanted to borrow it to make it for her D5 rotations for her 3rd graders.  I hope you can use this activity! 

If you would like your own activity cards, click the image below.
Shake and Write--First Grade and Fabulous


  1. This looks so fun!! I just want to make sure before printing- where it says 'fpr' on page 2, should it be 'for'?

    1. Yes. I typed the example pages quickly. I fixed it if you are wanting to use my suggestions.

  2. So this is genius! Also, can I please tell you that it makes me feel so much better to hear that I'm not the only one who isn't yet meeting with groups!!!

    1. I'm so glad you like this activity! :) It has been hard to take groups as we are assessing, grading and doing beginning of the year reports. Next week though! NEXT WEEK! :)

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