I wish I knew the best way to explain my Math Stations.
I've said it many times, I like it simple, clear and meaningful.
So ... in a nutshell... here is how I run my math stations in my 2nd grade class.
Each month I cover 12 CC standards.
4 from each domain:
Base Ten Notation
Fluency w/ Addition and Subtraction
This can be found on page 1 of my centers... below is March.
Storing the completed set. I am going on year 3 of using these.
The first year, I had the expense and lamination to cut... however,
since then... it's been easy!!
I use these fancy storage boxes (he! he!... yes that is a gift box ;)
Each month has its own box.
The bottom picture (of the post) shows what the inside of the fancy box looks like.
12 large baggies of math station task card, talk card, activity, manipulatives etc.
I took pictures today of our last rotation in March.
I have 12 pairs of kids working around the room... completing their activity in the box, completing their workbook and then playing a math facts game board until the timer goes off. Each station has its own game board to practice their various math facts.
When the timer went off, I reminded them that we were finished for the month.
They needed to place ALL pieces inside the bag for their station.
Clean off the white board and organize the chips and dice.
I then called up station #1:
1 partner brought me the supplies (bag)
1 partner lined the box on the floor
I repeated through #12.
Once I had all 12 large baggies of March Math Stations in my hands,
I place them BACK in the March (gift) box and back into my file cabinet.
The kids handed in their math notebooks (because all pages were completed), then packed up their back pack.
While they were doing this...
I took out April's (gift) box and loaded the 12 plastic boxes for the students.
It took about 3 minutes ;)
A quick thing that I did learn that has helped tremendously...
I number my booklet pages 1-12.
If the skill on page 1 is clocks... I make sure that box 1 has the clock supplies.
page 2... box 2
page 3... box 3...
it really helps the kids keep track of the stations.
I have a rotation chart that I rotated each day we do centers, however the kids are pretty good predicting where they'll go next since they use the Punch Pass each day (punch the station number they did that day)
Last thing... copy the April Math Stations booklet.
I copy them back to back to save paper.
They will turn them in the last day of April and we'll repeat the process for May.
Simple, easy and effective ;)
I'd be happy to answer any questions... that I'm sure I missed even though I read your emails many, many times.
I know there are many wonderful ways that teachers use math stations.
It is always fun to check it out through the blogs.
I am so grateful for the many examples that have taught me so much via the internet ;)
1 more day until Spring Break!!!