Last spring, I used station-rotation blended learning in my English 9 and 10 classes during a literature unit. For this unit, students were assigned to teams based on their most recent reading scores on a district assessment. Each team read a different novel and participated in lessons to increase their understanding of literary elements.
To help my students actually complete the reading, I adjusted my standard stations that I explained in Teachers vs Zombies Station-Rotation. Instead, I used the following groups:
- Teacher: Small group lessons analyzing literary elements in novel and discussions
- Keyboard: Extra Team: Reading novel in a small group
- Team: Reading novel in a small group
- Headphones: Literary elements interactive video lessons (most were pulled from Compass: The Learning Odyssey)
Since I knew the students would work with their groups for an extended period of time, I decided to incorporate teambuilding exercises into the first few rotations. The first activity I assigned students was titled Team Identity. During this station, the students were asked to select a team name, team mascot, and a team handshake. I had set aside a bulletin board to showcase work from each group, so I also asked each team to use a sentence strip to create a label for their team’s section.
English 10 Team UCSD Titans
I created the assignment in Google Drive and posted it to Google Classroom, so the students were able to independently access it while I led small groups. You can access my original assignment here and view it below. Feel free to copy and modify the document to use in your classroom.