Find Debbie Diller's book "Practice with Purpose: Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6"
I use this as my language arts block.
We do a lot of practicing at the beginning of the year. I teach each station separately. We try one at a time as a whole class, then we try one rotation before we go back to whole group, the next day two... the next day more. Till we can handle it as a group.
I have some stations that I keep the same all year:
- Never Ending Story -- started a blank notebook, the kids add a paragraph or two to the story and pick up where the last group left off.
- Reading or Spelling or Wordstudy game -- scrabble, upwords, triversity (like scrabble with cards), boggle, reading comp games that I make with cardstock, anything on this end
- Letter Writing -- school mail letters
And others that change, spelling or math or ss depending on what we need practice with.
During this time my spec ed taecher and I each pull reading groups and do guided reading -- practicing a skill that we've previously done a whole group lesson on.
Right now we're forming groups and assigning the stations to them. The timer on my smart board is up and we switch when it resets. I would like to get them reading in pairs and self-selecting groups/activities but haven't gotten that worked in yet.
Does this help?