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First Six Week Third Grade Work Stations First Six Week Third Grade Work Stations
These are my first six weeks Work Stations for third grade. 

I put a picture at the bottom of the page and make an extra page with the pictures to use in my pocket chart and just move their names each day.  I usually put 2-3 children together and they have three choices to do during their Work Station time, and one of those choices is AR for when they finish up their other work.  My Work Stations run from 30 to 45 minutes each day and that is when I pull students for my guided reading. 

*Needed for the work stations:
For writing-pens in different colors, colored paper, & stationary
For Buddy Reading-two books alike in baggies (at least 5 sets)
For Listening-tape player, books with tapes
For Spelling-dry erase board, stamp pad, & abc stamps, magnetic letters, abc cookie cutters with modeling clay
For Overhead-some easy poems, fun worksheets for different subjects in notebook in clear plastic sheet protectors
For Computer-save online places to visit on bookmarks and teach them how to navigate the website; task cards on another page here
For Games-anything to do with reading or science, paper
For ABC/Word Study-baggies with about 8-10 letters in them (make sure you put some vowels in them) The book Q is for Duck
For Science-I am going to make up some cards to go with the three science activities for investigating those three topics; magnets will have a dozen objects for them to check to see if they are magnetic.  The desert will have a jar full of sand with small toy animals in for them to find.  The microscope has some things for them to look at. etc.
For Pocket Chart-some super sentences I found online, and a dozen seed sentences (Baby cries.  Dog barks.  Wolf howls.), baggies with 10 words in them to put in abc order (fruit, animals, cars, etc).
For drama-I made some puppets for easy books; also some poems with puppets I made



1 Use a post it note and tell another student about a book I’ve just read. (Who? What? Where? When? Why?)

2 Draw a picture from the book I read and write three sentences telling about it

3 Make a list of things that are red.

4 Write a short story about an animal that talks.

5 Write a letter to Mrs. Griffin telling her about a book I’ve read.

6 Describe a pet I have or a neighbor’s pet.



1 Choose a book with my partner from the Buddy Reading container.

2 I can read a page and my partner can read a page.

3 I can read a paragraph and my partner can read a paragraph.

- We can discuss the story and retell it.

- We can discuss how the story might have a different ending.

- We can discuss what the problem and solution is and how it could have been solved differently.



1 Choose an AR tape with book with my partner and follow along with the tape.

2 Visualize what is being read.

3 Stop the tape and guess what will happen next.

4 Retell the story to my partner.

5 Draw my favorite part and write three sentences why.

6 Answer the questions- Who? What? When? Where?

7 Listen to the tape again and take an AR test.



1 Write spelling words in my very best print.

2 Write spelling words on dry erase board.

3 Use stamps and stamp pad to write spelling words on paper.

4 Use magnetic letters to write spelling words on the front of my desk.

5 Choose from the spelling ring a cheer to do with my spelling words.

6 Make my spelling words with modeling clay and the abc cookie cutters.



Choose a section in the Overhead notebook.

1 Choose a poem to read aloud with my partner. Then copy and illustrate it in my Poetry Folder.

2 Choose a grammar worksheet to complete.

3 Choose a reading worksheet to complete.

4 Choose a math fun sheet to complete.

5 Choose a social studies worksheet to complete.

**Leave the worksheets in the plastic sheets and use dry erase markers on them.



1 Write a story on Microsoft Word.

2 Write my spelling words on Microsoft Word.

3 Go online to http://www.storylineonline.net/ and choose a book to listen to.

4 Choose a power point to watch.

5 Choose a CD story about Arthur to listen to or go online to http://pbskids.org/arthur/

6 Choose one of the Computer task Cards to complete.



1 Choose a game to play with my partner.

2 Choose a Word Wheel to say all the words.

3 Choose a science puzzle to put together.

4 Make a game for others to play using sight wall words.

5 Make a cheer for our Word Wall words.

6 Make a game for others to play using synonyms or antonyms.



1 Choose one of the baggies and make as many words as I can using only those letters.

2 Make a list of synonyms or antonyms to share with the class.

3 Read the book Q is for Duck. Choose a letter to make a class book (make sure that letter hasn’t already been done).

4 Get a story from my “Writer’s Workshop & Portfolio Notebook” underline several words that I think could be improved. Use a thesaurus to make better word choices.

5 Read a favorite book and write down the neat or interesting words (in your Writer’s Workshop & Portfolio) to use in one of your own stories.



1 Choose a baggie Science Activity to do with my partner.

- Get out all the things in the baggie.

- Follow the directions on the card.

- Share all the things with my partner.

- Make sure I put all the parts back in the baggie.

*Magnets Science Activities
*Desert habitat Science Activities
*Microscope Science Activities



- Choose an activity to do with my partner.

1 Choose a Super Sentence worksheet to complete and write it on a 3 X 5 file card to place in pocket chart.

2 Choose a Seed Sentence to extend and write it on a 3 X 5 file card and put in pocket chart.

3 Choose a baggie and put the words in ABC order on the pocket chart.

4 Put all the things back in the containers.



1 Choose a baggie with a reader’s theater in it and puppets.

- Read the reader’s theater with my partner.

- Read the reader’s theater and my partner acts out the story with the puppets.

- Use the puppets as my partner reads the story.

2 Choose a book to make puppets for and act out the story.

. Choose the main characters to make a puppet.
. Decide what the main idea of the story is and take notes.
. Make puppets for the main characters and tape a straw on the back.
. Practice doing your play and share with the class.

Related Files

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Joanne Griffin