STAT Sharing Session: A Place to Share, Learn, and Reflect
Featured Teacher: Katie Rothstein

Let's share about Katie's phonics stations with a technology twist

Join me as we take a peek inside Katie's daily phonics lessons.  Mrs. Rothstein has five phonics stations.  Each day, the students are assigned to one station so by Friday they have visited all five stations.  Katie utilized two free games on, Pixie, and an interactive mimio along with other tactile and kinesthetic activities to help her students learn the long "o" sound.  Since the students are visiting only one station per day, Katie has her plans completed for her phonics block for the ENTIRE week:)


Let's look at how Katie integrated technology into her phonics block.  At one station, she used the "dustbin" game found on for students to sort nonsense words and real words containing the long "o" sound.  The students must read the word aloud then decide if the word belongs in the "real word" trashcan or the "nonsense word" trashcan.

Since you can customize and personalize this game, you could also use it to insert statements for the children to sort.  For example, fact and opinion or relevant verses irrelevant details. It could also be used to sort mathematical statements or facts. 

This game is free and can be found through or by following this link:

At another station, two children independently worked on a Pixie activity on the netbooks.  Here the students completed a "long Oo spelling sort" by dragging and dropping the words and pictures into the correct column.

At her third station, the students played "swat the sight word".  This game is played with three people; one serves as the teacher who calls out the word and the other two compete to see who can swat the word first using a fly swatter.  How fun!!

Katie found this activity on mimio studio and saved/edited it to meet her students' needs.

Katie's other two stations consisted of low tech tactile and kinesthetic approaches to writing, reading, and practicing the long "o" sound. 

Once the students have completed their station work, Katie pulls them to the carpet to explain their independent work.  She introduced her class to "choice seating" last week.  Her students seamlessly are able to choose a spot that suits them best to complete their independent work!  Katie plays a song to signal the time limit they have to find where they will work.

Guess what?  Katie still isn't finished with her bag of tricks!!  Once the students finish their independent work, they are allowed to "take a spin" on the random word generator displayed on the big board.  This tool can typically be used to enhance student participation or randomly choose students to complete a task.  However, rather than inserting names, Katie typed real and nonsense words containing the long "o" sound.  The students waited their turns patiently to spin and read their word aloud.  Last, they returned the their same chosen area to read quietly.

You can insert any text you would like into random name pickers.  This could be a great way to assess knowledge of vocabulary words or math facts.

This free tool can be found on or by following this link.

To learn more about, you can visit the toolbox index on the ODL wiki.


What do you think about what you read today? Did you learn anything new? Are you willing to try the tools you saw or use technology in your stations? Share with us because we all want to learn!

Thank you Katie for allowing me in your classroom and to share!