Introduction to Kindergarten Corners

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					        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
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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
corners independently.
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,
                                       Susan Gentry
                                       Lawson School

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