Math Work Stations-a new approach

Over Fall Break, I decided that at each Math Work Station, my kids were going to have to show their work after completing each activity so that instead of me constantly walking around watching for mastery, they will show me their work and their level of understanding.  I know some of you might be saying, “Well Duh!” of course they should be showing their work (and when it hit me, that’s what I said!), but I needed to get comfortable with using the Math Work Station tubs first before adding this element in.  As many of you might remember, I spent all last year figuring out what would work and not work in them for 5 and 6 year olds and what would and would not keep their attention.

I feel comfortable now adding these recording sheets so that the kids can explain their understanding as they work. Here are some of the activities that have gone into our Math Work Stations so far (there will be more to come!)


This activity came from Marsha McGuire’s I-Spy a Scarecrow pack on Teacher’s Pay Teachers.  The kiddos use a magnifying glass to locate tiny numbers hidden in the scarecrow picture and then represent those numbers on the ten frame sheet included.

This activity is from my Target Table Scatter freebie sheet.  The kids use the leaves and pumpkins to complete the patterns (yes I know patterning is gone from the CCSS).  I am letting the kids explore the shapes for a few days and then I will add in a ten frame composing activity.

I have three more activities I need to take pictures of this week, so I’ll be back to share them soon!

Kristen 🙂


About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on October 23, 2012, in Math Work Stations, Teachers Pay Teachers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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