Stations

Today I tried stations in my class for the first time! It was great! I had 7 stations (since my largest class is 34!).

Station 1: Waka Waka (the “song of the week” this week)

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Waka Waka Station

I cut the lyrics of this song into strips. I also wrote a 33-letter sentence along the left side of each of the 33 strips. “Shakira is from the country of Colombia.” I plugged a Belkin 5-port headphone jack splitter into a desktop computer and attached 5 sets of headphones. Students played the music video from Vevo on the computer as many times as needed to line up the lyrics in the right order.

Station 2: Superman es ilegal (song from movie “La Misma Luna” which we are in the process of watching right now–they heard the song in the movie yesterday).

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Superman es ilegal Station

I made a large cloze activity out of the song lyrics. Instead of writing the missing words in, the words were on little slips of paper which had to be physically placed on the space in the lyric sheet. The whole lyrics sheet was the size of 8 sheets of paper which I taped together.  I plugged a Belkin 5-port headphone jack splitter into my classroom’s Chromebook (thanks so much to @edbacker, an anonymous donor, and Hudgins Real Estate for the financial support on that!) and attached 5 sets of headphones. Students played the song from Youtube on the computer as many times as needed.

Station 3: Esperanza

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Book on CD Station with Esperanza by Carol Gaab

 

Students listened to the next chapter of their novel, Esperanza by Carol  Gaab on the audio CD.  I plugged a Belkin 5-port headphone jack splitter into a desktop computer and attached 5 sets of headphones. I provided novels for students to use if they wanted to follow along as well.

 

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Small group conversations with Señora Placido!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Station 4: Conversations!

I sat with students in this group and we chit-chatted en Español about their plans for that afternoon, what sports they play/watch, and the book we are reading in class. SO FUN!

 

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La misma luna scene description station

Station 5: La Misma Luna

I made some screen shots of the DVD and printed them out. In this group, students worked together to describe their photos based on their knowledge of the movie. I started out also having them make a puppet pals video (an app I have on my ipad) but I abandoned that for lack of time after the first class.

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Find the cognates in the children’s books!

Station 6: Cognates

I made a large alphabet on a huge sheet of paper. I put a sticky note next to each letter. Students searched through my large collection of children’s books trying to find at least 1 cognate for each letter, and no more than 5 for any given letter. This was pretty easy, but hopefully tricked them into finding some new books to read for SSR next week!

Station 7: Bananagrams

Students played bananagrams in Spanish!

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Bananagrams
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A game makes a quick station and a nice brain break!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Stations

  1. Erin October 17, 2013 / 7:13 AM

    This is such a great way to get some one on one time with students. I noticed you mentioned La misma luna, Esperanza. What level of students is this?

    I love getting one on one or small group time with students. this is a fabulous idea!

  2. Erin Lippert October 5, 2013 / 10:01 PM

    Can not wait to try this! My head is spinning with ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Señor Jordan October 4, 2013 / 9:33 PM

    Awesome. Thanks for inspiring us to be better teachers, Kristy! 😉

    • kplacido October 5, 2013 / 8:33 AM

      Thanks Jeremy! I am so happy to have you as part of my PLN of teachers!

  4. mpeto October 4, 2013 / 10:50 AM

    Seriously, this looks fun! How do you signal that it is time to switch stations? Did students freely choose their next station, or was there a set rotation?

    I have just taught my kids to play 99 through Señor Wooly´s website and, once they can play independently, I can imagine that would also be a good station. In case you missed it he describes it well here (so well that I just play the video for the kids rather than explaining it myself): http://www.senorwooly.com/blog/sr-wooly-video-tutorial-6/

    • kplacido October 4, 2013 / 4:45 PM

      HI Mike! I will check out Sr Wooly! I worte a follow-up post that will answer your other questions! 🙂

  5. Cynthia October 3, 2013 / 10:10 PM

    Wow Kristy! Where do you find the time?
    This looks wonderful. One of my classes read the last chapter of Esperanza today. When I was out a few days last week & earlier this week, they watched part of La Misma Luna each day. I should prepare a quick activity with the Superman song from the movie as a treat for Monday.

    As always, thanks for sharing.

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