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Simply Stations: Independent Reading, Grades K-4

By: Debbie Diller

Simply Stations: Independent Reading gives everything you need to incorporate this important literacy station year-round: setup instructions, lesson plans, printable tools, recommended resources, and real-classroom examples.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544367149
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: May 11, 2020

Price: $24.95

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Teach students how to practice reading skills independently – so learning sticks

Simply Stations: Independent Reading shows how to ensure that elementary students are purposefully and effectively practicing reading comprehension, reading fluency, selecting books, decoding, inference, and summarizing every day. Your students will soon be purposefully engaged and making critical steps to owning their learning.

Debbie Diller has been refining literacy stations (sometimes called centers) for more than 40 years, working with thousands of teachers and students. In this book, she guides you step-by-step through planning for instruction that incorporates reading standards, setting up and launching independent reading stations, varying and refreshing content, to reflection and ongoing modification.

What stands out in this book is the full integration of instruction; Debbie shows how whole-group lessons transfer to stations work so students are practicing key skills independently – and gives you everything needed for success:

  • Recommendations by grade level at every step, including grade-appropriate materials and book choices, fiction and informational texts, for each station;
  • Whole-group lesson plans, differentiated by grade level and based on key reading standards, to introduce and support independent and partner work;
  • On-the-spot formative assessment ideas and troubleshooting tips;
  • Ideas to improve English Language Learners’ reading skills, including online Spanish-language materials;
  • 30 time-saving downloadable resources for teachers and students to ensure success; and
  • Dozens, real-classroom photos so you see the possibilities first-hand.

Simply Stations: Independent Reading gives you invaluable tips, solutions, and insight that can transform the way your students learn and practice reading skills. It’s time to boost the impact of your literacy stations!

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Debbie Diller

Debbie Diller, a national consultant and author, has been an early childhood/elementary educator for over 40 years. Debbie uses her experience as a classroom teacher, Title I reading specialist, and literacy coach to teach others about sensible, realistic ways to meet the differentiated literacy needs of all students in the classroom. She is known for her groundbreaking work on independent learning, small group instruction, and classroom design and has authored many books, videos, and an online course which are widely used in classrooms and universities throughout North America. Debbie's latest book series, Simply Stations, was inspired by her work in classrooms (and a dream!) to answer the question, "How do I provide meaningful practice for the rest of the class when I'm meeting with a small group?"

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Section 1: Literacy Stations Overview

     Letter from Debbie Diller

     Literacy Stations Basics and Frequently Asked Questions

     Getting Started with Stations

     Literacy Station Management Board How-To

Section 2: Independent Reading Station Basics

     Why Include This Station?

     What Do Students Do at this Station?

     Station Variations

     Essential Materials

     Station Setup

     How Do I Introduce this Station?

     Signs of Success


Section 3: Planning & Teaching for the Independent Reading Station

     Start with Solid Planning

     Use Timeless Literacy Standards as a Guide

     Teaching for Transfer

Section 4: Reflection, Printables, and Resources


     Planning Tools

     Printable Tools for Teaching & Transfer to the Independent Reading Station