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Simply Stations: Listening and Speaking, Grades K-4

Simply Stations: Listening and Speaking, Grades K-4

February 2020 | 168 pages | Corwin

Literacy stations should be more than just busy work.

Simply Stations: Listening and Speaking shows how to ensure that kids are purposefully and effectively practicing comprehension, deeper thinking, vocabulary, and communication skills every day. You’ll be amazed at what your students can do when you incorporate this important station with intention!

Debbie Diller has been refining literacy stations for over 40 years, working with thousands of teachers and students. She gives everything you need to plan, teach, and refresh the Listening and Speaking station year-round, including…

  • Step-by-step instructions for launching and maintaining the station;
  • Whole-group lesson plans, based on key literacy standards, to introduce and support partner work;
  • Printable teacher and student tools;
  • On-the-spot assessment ideas and troubleshooting tips;
  • Lists of grade-level specific materials; and
  • Countless real-classroom photos so you see the possibilities first-hand.

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

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Section 1: Literacy Stations Overview
Dear Reader

Literacy station basics and frequently asked questions

Getting started with stations

Management board how-to

Section 2: Listening & Speaking Station Basics
Why include this station?

What do students do at this station?

How do I keep stations varied & fresh?

What are the essential materials?

How do I set up stations?

How do I introduce the listening & speaking station?

What are some signs of success?

Section 3: Planning & Teaching for the Listening & Speaking Station
Start with solid planning

Use timeless standards as a guide

Teach for transfer: From Whole-group to Stations

Section 4: Listening & Speaking Station Reflection, Printables, and Resources




Free resources

Simply Virtual

Simply Virtual

This excerpt provides a guide to getting started using the Simply Stations series online.


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Webinar: Simply Stations, Grades K-4: What Does the Rest of the Class Do During Small Groups?

Webinar: Simply Stations, Grades K-4: What Does the Rest of the Class Do During Small Groups?

Debbie Diller will show teachers how to create and sustain meaningful, engaging literacy stations that grow and change as their students develop new skills, and as instructional time shifts.

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Listening and Speaking Activity

Listening and Speaking Activity

In this excerpt from Simply Stations: Listening and Speaking, author Debbie Diller guides teachers on how to transition from whole-group instruction to stations while addressing the Listening & Speaking standard “The student will listen activity & ask questions.” Practical examples and ideas for partner practice at stations are provided for primary grades (K-2) and intermediate grades (3-4). 


Key features
  • Step-by-step instructions for setting up literacy stations
  • Guidance on planning the speaking & listening station from standards to whole group instruction to stations
  • Sample lesson plans for teaching new skills so kids can practice with partners in stations
  • Full-color photographs to show what kids are doing the speaking & listening station
  • Printable teacher and student tools to use in planning, teaching, and station practice
  • Materials lists, reflection guides, and recommended resources for developmentally appropriate audio
  • Everything teachers need to plan, teach, and set up a speaking & listening station – and keep it running throughout the year
  • Teachers will be able to roll out a speaking & listening station quickly and easily, then modify it as needed
  • Practical advice from a teacher who’s been using and improving on stations for almost 40 years

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Literacy Stations Basics

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