This is my set up for magnet station on the front of my desk. You can see the student book hanging there, but of course it isn't usually. Also, my cute stations signs that I have for all my stations. I will be adding the signs and 2x4 labels to my freebies page soon. The the little palm tree and treasure box go with my pirate theme. I have put my list of what they can do when they finish. The sheet that the mixed up letter are on is card stock with a magnet on the back. To make the pieces I printed, laminated, added a magnetic strip to the back of parts with letters and then cut them apart. Since the words are different colors, I just have a binder with an envelope that I store each set in and sort them onto the mat when it is time for that set. As you can see the students know what words they are looking for because their sheet tells them. They have to decide what word each is, sort it out, and write it down in the same box on their paper.
I use an easy set up for stations assignment. In my example there are only two post-it note students, but of course normally there is a partnership next to every index card. I have students do two stations a day with their partner and then everyone does the same thing for the last station time. (word work, read alone, read with a partner, writing, or spelling) On my station board, the student pictures stay in the same place but the last stations card gets taken off, all of them moved down (the bottom one to the top of the one to it's right) and then the one I took off goes to the top of the first column. I usually train one student to do this. Each stations card has two stations on it. The partners go to the top one first and the bottom second. They understand and can do this quickly.
Like I mentioned before, I use the same stations signs and labels. Here they are throughout the room. They are either where that station takes place or by where the stations booklets are kept if they do not have or always have parts. You can get a free Literacy stations pack with stamping station, big book station, listening station, fiction station and non-fiction station papers at my TPT store.You can also purchase the Magnet station, Word Work Station, Sentence to Story Writing Station and Writing Station. Word Work and Magnet are available for the entire year. The writing stations are available at bundle pricing for August to December with January to May in the works. Mimio station will be available soon. I use a follow the directions pocket chart book for August to December, but will offer a January through May. I have a poetry station that I have made up of other peoples things, but there are a lot of great Poetry station resources on TPT.
Just a few more things I want to share! :) We have an island theme in our school this year and my room is a pirate/island theme so for open house I got this picture props and will have someone there to take pictures of students and siblings. I also got each student a foam frame and foam island or pirate pieces to put on it for their picture. I will send one student picture home and any of siblings, but I will take another and make it their stations picture.
The last thing I want to share is my behavior area this year. I (with the artistic ability of my sister) have made a treasure map. The jewels are for each student and are on a green magnet around the edge. Then the students can move up or down the map. They will move down a color at a time inner green, yellow, orange, red. They can also move up to blue and purple. Students are free to move back up for good behavior. I want it to be positive. Each of the colored map lines are magnetic.
Green=Ready to Learn
Yellow=Think about it
Orange=teacher's choice (based on consequences that fit and are geared toward improving not punishing)
Red=Parent Contact and possible Office referral
Students will color in their behavior calendar the color they are on at the end of the day unless I need to make notes.