Reading Stations for Differentiated Literacy Practice

Educators in all subject areas know that differentiation is critical to support all students on their path to success in literacy. As teachers, we can find it difficult to carve out time to work with students one-on-one, or even in small groups. One solution for providing literacy differentiation is by using reading stations (sometimes called literacy stations). Reading stations are physical areas set up in the classroom that allow students to rotate between independent, small group, and teacher-guided activities.

The integration of literacy stations can support improvement in reading comprehension, language, social, and writing development (Fountas & Pinell, 1996; 2000; Morrow, 1997; 2003). Literacy stations facilitate problem-solving because students are able to explore, invent, discover, and create alone or with others (Stone, 1996).


Station Ideas:

Get inspired for setting up stations here!


  1. Computer station
  2. ABC station
  3. Writing station
  4. Listening station
  5. Memory card station
  6. Word family station
  7. Book club station
  8. Building/manipulatives station
  9. Buddy reading station
  10. Journal station


  1. Computer station
  2. Writing station
  3. Word-making station
  4. Map station
  5. Problem-solving station
  6. Science station
  7. Newspaper station
  8. Poetry station
  9. Publishing station
  10. STE(A)M station


Teaching in Action

This video segment on Edivate showcases Ms. Betsy Gaither’s 4th grade class in Newton, North Carolina. Students identify and compare conflicts in literary texts and review vocabulary and comprehension in the following stations:

  1. Guided Reading
  2. Edmodo (a collaboration app)
  3. Toontastic (a storytelling app)
  4. Words Their Way (interactive station)

The segment also comes with a downloadable study guide that offers pre- and post-viewing discussion prompts as well as Ms. Gaither’s lesson plan.

These materials are part of a comprehensive series of videos and downloadable resources available only on Edivate.

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