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Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Small Classroom? No Problem!

June 5 Deedee 2 min read

Do you have a small classroom?  No problem!  Here are a few tips to help you create literacy stations for a small classroom.

Recently I received an email from someone who was looking for suggestions for her small classroom.  She wanted to use a few of my permanent literacy stations, but she was in a small classroom.  Her was space was at a premium… so, I was determined to come up with a solution.

Small Classroom Solutions:  Writing Station

This is what my writing station looks like.   It takes up a fair amount of wall space.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

I reduced the size of the cards (more on how to do that in a bit) and used a display board to mount the cards.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

I attached the ribbon with a hot glue gun.  I think I only burned myself twice… #noskills #allthumbs

This board could be placed on a table during stations time, then folded and put away when stations are over.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Small Classroom Solution: Pocket Chart

We have a predictable sentence pocket chart.  This is a station that we have going all year.  It grows in complexity as the year continues… so for me, this is essential!  Students use this chart to create sentences… then they write them.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

So if you have a small classroom, your wall space may be limited.  So again, I reduced the size of the cards (hang tight for a little tutorial on this) and printed them out.  I have had this desktop pocket chart forEVER.  HERE is a similar one.

Small classroom? No problem! Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

How to reduce the cards

It was actually pretty simple.  These are from the Writing Station.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

And these are from the predictable sentence station.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Here is how I did it!  This is a screenshot of my computer.  Instead of printing a full size, I just printed “Multiple.”  1 by 2 worked perfectly.  NOTE:  After you print the pages you want, go in and select the full size again.  Otherwise your next print job will be 2 to a page as well.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

If you need more of an adjustment you can also change the print size.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

That is about as techie as I can get folks.  Be amazed!  ha!

Small classroom?  No problem!  Tips and tricks for you to create literacy stations for a small classroom. You do have space for a writing station and a pocket chart activity.

I hope you found a few solutions for your small classroom!

You can see all of the Writing Station units HERE.

You can see all of the Predictable Sentence Stations HERE.

 

17 Comments

  • Missy Windom June 6 at 5:49 am

    That is exactly what I did for my writing center! I reduced the size of the cards and used two small table top pocket charts for the cards. It worked great!

    • Deedee June 6 at 6:09 am

      That is great to hear!!! Where there is a will, there is a way!

  • Paige June 6 at 12:46 pm

    Love the desktop pocket chart! A great way to save valuable wall space. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Deedee June 6 at 12:52 pm

      You are welcome! I love them. I sometimes forget about them though!

  • Jenny Rogers June 7 at 6:56 am

    What a great idea to put the writing center on a display board. I’m at a year-round school and move classrooms a couple of times a year, so this would be a great way to store it and move it without having to take it down. Will definitely be doing this for the upcoming year. Thanks!

  • Jamie VanDongen June 11 at 10:59 am

    Do you have the kiddos take the cards off the wall to write? I used a large hanging chart for my cards and the kiddos would take them out to write and whenever the would try to put it away, I felt like my hanging chart was falling off the wall multiple times during the week. Any tips or ideas??

    Thanks!

    • Deedee June 11 at 7:59 pm

      No, my class did not remove the cards. I showed them how to use the simple page summary and they could carry that to their desk if they wanted. That seemed to work perfectly!

  • Sandi MacDougall July 7 at 3:48 am

    Thanks for sharing, Deedee.

  • Lesley August 10 at 12:24 pm

    Where did you get the desk caddy that you used to sort and store your writing center supplies?

    • Deedee August 10 at 12:28 pm

      I think I got it from the Scholastic Catalog with points. Here is a link to one I saw at Lakeshore that is similar.

      Classroom Carry-All

  • Jamie Hodges August 30 at 3:23 pm

    Can I email you privately with some questions? I purchased the year long bundle. I need some tips.

  • Niki February 4 at 7:11 pm

    How many days/week do your students have the writing center? Do you swap the writing center with the predictable sentence station, or do they have both each center day? BTW Love your stuff!!

    • Deedee February 6 at 5:23 pm

      Hi there! Students generally go to the writing station once a week and the predictable sentence station once a week. Because there are so many options at that center, I tend to only have to change them out once a month.

      Thank you so much!

      • Lisa May 28 at 6:35 am

        How do they only go once a week?
        What are your other centers?
        We have centers everyday during my guided reading time.

        • Deedee May 28 at 7:51 pm

          Hi Lisa, I did centers every day. Sorry if that was confusing. Yes! Centers every day and YES guided reading every day.

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