I LOVED reading Literacy Work Stations!! I think it’s one of the best professional books I’ve read in a VERY long time-this one was practical, hands-on, and meaningful to me–just like it’s supposed to be for our kids right??
Of course I started wondering right away if this would apply to Math too–so guess what?? I dreamed up some names for Math Work Stations too. I’ve got some ideas down on paper as far as how they will correlate to one another and connect with our “math theme”. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Number Writing Station-use Math Their Way number writing materials, slates, dry erase boards
Patterning Station-will be introduced at a later time, but will have changing pattering activities
Number Sense Station-math mats, matching quantities, parking lot game (see my DGFM for that game)
Sorting Station-one of the first stations introduced, will keep as long as they are interested, sorting various and ever changing items
Pocket Chart Station-matching number words to numbers, math sentences, math rhymes, any ideas???
Overhead Station-manipulatives will match current “math theme” (patterns, algebra, sorting, measurement, etc)
Math Big Books Station-match big book to current math theme
Math Poetry Station-match to current math theme
Computer Station-use internet sites to have children play games matched to theme
Puzzles/Games-match to theme, great for problem solving, one of our PL221/NCLB goals
Computation Station-will intro. 2nd semester, feature changing computation games/activities
Measurement Station-will intro. 2nd semester, feature changing measurement activities
Telling Time Station-intro. 2nd semester, feature clocks and activity cards/tasks
Shape Station-geoboards, pattern blocks, practicing shape writing/formation, sorting shapes
Teacher Station-mini lesson/focus with me
Math Writing Station-writing about math theme
I will begin each day with a mini-math lesson and then send them off to stations. As I introduce new concepts, I will place them into the various stations, where ever they best fit. When I say, “math theme”, I mean patterning, sorting, telling time, measurement, number sense, computation, etc.
Are there any good MTW games that I should be sure to plug in? It’s summer, my book is at school and my brain on on vacation! 🙂
Any ideas/thoughts/comments??? I’m planning on begninng with a few, doing a mixed MTW tubbing/and introducing stations over the frist 6 weeks and then seeing how that goes.
I need some feedback!! In return, I’ll post what is working, pictures, and ideas as the school year goes on! 🙂