My solution - Workstations!
Right before winter break I won a copy of Debbie Diller's book, Literacy Workstations. I read the book over break and started using them the first day back. A few weeks later I restructured my math program and organized math workstations too. I am just starting to read her Math Work Stations book and will be adjusting my workstations as needed, but I wanted to share what I have set up so far in my classroom.
I have 12 workstations because I have 24 students and I wanted them to work in partners. The students participate in two workstations most days. Five of the workstations are the Daily Five activities that I had already introduced: read to self, partner reading, writing, word work, and listening to reading. The others are: guided reading, poetry, big books, games, computers, pocket chart, and library. These stations are located around the room and I will go into more detail about each station in future posts.
Here is my Literacy Workstation chart:
I move the students' names up each day.
I also have 12 math workstations. These workstations are in 11 labeled bins and the 12th is computer games. Here is a photo of bins 1-9:
Right now here is what is in each bin:
1 - addition worksheets
2 - dice games
3 - spinner addition game with dry erase markers and erasers
4 - ten frame matching cards - two levels
5 - unifix cubes
6 - dominoes
7 - base 10 blocks
8 - 100 charts and number scroll pages
9 - pattern blocks
10 - calculators
11- number cards and a < > activity sheet
12 - computers
Here is my Math Workstations chart:
I move the numbers across to change this chart.
I am just starting this in my classroom and have a lot more to share. Let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer those in future posts.