I'm trying not to focus on the fact that we have only 2 more Summer Blogin' weeks left. This summer has gone by so quickly. I must admit, my stomach does summersaults (for the good) each time I walk into Target/Walmart and walk through their school supplies ;)
This week the topic is math stations. Last week I explained a bit about my math stations because it is a large and important part of my math time.
This is the book that started it all for me...as far as math stations.
I taught for 15+ years and never wanted to go there. I saw centers as an easy out... a play time... an unstructured piece of time. Well, I guess centers could be, but if you read Debbie Diller's book Math Work Stations yours will not be anything like that.
I caught the math station bug from her!! She convinced me. She changed my mind and has since changed my classroom math time for the better.
Each month my students work on various standards of the common core in each of the 4 areas. I have 12 stations they rotate through with a partner. I love to watch them experiment, work together, use math talk and share their understanding with each other. It is actually very structured and one of my favorite times during the day... as I give myself this time to walk between the groups, sit on the floor with them to listen, reteach a concept challenging to a set of partners.
Common Core - Grade 1 SEPTEMBER Math Stations
Common Core - Grade 2 SEPTEMBER Math Stations
Before I left for summer break I filled up my 12 boxes with SEPTEMBER
Math Stations. It's nice to know when I return with a list a mile long... these will be ready and waiting!!
Below are a few pictures of my students working through the stations last year.
This is the rotation chart I use with my kids to keep us organized.
If you are looking for a quick, colorful math station rotation chart click here.
What are some of your math station secrets?
I was asked about my assessment that I give at the beginning of the year... This is what I made. Basically all the 1st grade skills they should have mastered.