Introduction to Kindergarten Corners
Corners are activities where students may work alone or with a partner.
Activities allow students opportunities to practice learned skills, independently.
Corner rotation may be organized in several ways. Below is a picture of how I
rotate in my kindergarten classroom. I use a pocket chart.
Corner assignment cards Student names
Fishing Sam Jane
Books Ryan Billy
Computers Grace Rebecca
Listening Jason Lillie
Letters Eric Mary
Puzzles Alex Maddie
Matching Katie Kelly
When it is time to rotate to the next corner, I take the bottom
assignment card out and move all other cards down one space, then I put
the first card removed, at the top. At the end of the week, I change the
student groups so they have an opportunity to work with a different
I use two types of corner cards: corner assignment cards (on chart) and
direction cards. My corner assignment cards are mounted on black
construction paper. My direction cards are mounted on red construction paper.
Modeling, guidance, and feedback are a must to have corners run successfully.
I began with students rotating to a corner for just 5 minutes. Holding guided
reading groups during corner time did not begin until students could manage
You should have rules in place so guided reading groups are not interrupted.
In my class, emergencies that were allowed: sick, restroom, someone hurt or
hurting another student. Students should work quietly, but may talk in low
voices with their corner partner.
Pencils were sharpened before corner time begins. Students should have at
least 2 sharpened pencils in supply boxes at all times.
Some of the activities give students an opportunity to record work. Students
used plain copy paper or graphic organizers to record their work.
By second semester my students were able to put work from each corner in a
“Travel Log” (a composition book). This holds students accountable for
completing a task at each corner.
I have compiled corner activities I have used in my classroom. Some activities
can be used all year with changes in difficulty level to allow for differentiation
when students are capable of higher level skills.
Kindergarten Corner Coordinator,