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postheadericon How I Manage Math Work Stations (part 4)

Math Station rotations are not easy to do but in time you and your students will come to love it. Depending on what station I'm setting up and which containers I have on hand, I keep my setup pretty simple.  If you missed my post on how to organize my work stations you can view it here.

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Each station gets a basket or tray containing the materials each student needs, a direction sheet that I slip right into a clear page protector or a fancier one I purchased from the Target Dolloar spot section. On my direction sheet, I provide a picture showing my students exactly what to do at that station.  This is a great reminder for those little ones that forget the direction seconds after you've gone over it. 

My math menu, is just in a page protector, hanging on my calendar board.  I go over all the workstations before sending the students off.  To take a look at how I schedule my work stations, you can take a look at my BUILD model here.


Here are a few different station ideas using the BUILD acronym:

Buddy Games

Turn a chutes and ladders game into a math facts practice game.


Using Manipulatives

Pattern Block Mats- create their own designs or copy the mats. You can download a FREE set here.


Independent Practice- Some math websites we like to use are:

Cool Math 4 Kids





Learning about Numbers

Build It with unifix cubes- you can get the FREE download here to make your own set


D- Doing Math- Teacher Table Actvities

Introduce students to Daily Math Jornals.  These will be released into an independent center where students will complete math prompts throughout the year. You can download FREE Back to School Math Journal Prompts here to get you started. I used these last year to liven up my journals. There a bunch of options for FREE math journal labels here

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