I always love doing stations, but it always seems time-consuming. Or I can’t come up with more than three ideas, and I want a fourth. This recent post from Kristy Placido made me want to use stations again! All I really wanted was four stations: listening, speaking, writing and reading. We are working on the past tense. Here is how I set up my stations:
1. Reading- I pulled out many of my children’s books in Spanish for them to go through. They had to find sentences in the past tense and give a loose translation to English. I really wanted them to focus on getting the gist not word for word translation.
2. Listening- I used the Spanish listening activities from the University of Texas. Students had to listen to them and summarize in English. Again, I want them to get the idea not necessarily word for word.
3. Writing- I gave them the following writing ideas:
When I was seven years old…
would I rather climb a mountain or swim in the ocean?
chips or sweets?
soup or salad?
Sesame Street or Barney?
Hannah Montana or Wizards of Waverly Place?
did I dance or run?
Cats, dogs or fish?
4. Speaking- This was by far my favorite. I sat with each group of students and asked them questions about their childhood. It was great and we shared some laughs! One group remembered all of the Teletubbies names. 🙂 I really want to incorporate more of this into our classroom routines. However, when I do this as a whole group, students end up bored not listening to others. I am going to ask them each a question as I check their homework. This way, we at least get one question in throughout the day.
When I do stations next time, I found this post about stations. I would like to provide more options for my students. It would be easy to do with writing (a graffiti wall) and listening (podcast or video).