Math stations are up and running and I want to share some pictures of how our first full week of stations went. I introduced our pocket chart and our numbered tubs for our stations.
I wanted to put the kids pictures on their cards, but for now just wrote their names. I made number cards to match all of our tubs. I also have Meet the Teacher cards but will not use those until we are working efficiently in our stations. I will post these cards as a freebie if you are interested at the end of this post. I was able to walk around and observe students working. Here is a picture of our math tubs - labeled 1-10.
Here are a few of the stations we were working at this week. The first few stations were making patterns with linking cubes.
Another station was rolling a die and coloring that amount of boxes on their recording sheets. Partners were taking turns to see who would reach 100 first.
I hate how are desks are old and mismatched...but even more they seem to twist and turn throughout the day. I'm constantly squaring them up again. Anyone know any tricks to keep your desks in pods? See the orange cone on the desk in the background. I use these as a classroom management tool. I will post about those later.
Another station was using pattern blocks to create any shape. Students had to record the shape they made and then count the number of shapes in their pattern. At the end, they count the total number of shapes they used. Take a look:
Another pair of students are playing a "Go Monkey" game, similar to go fish except they are matching number words to numbers and tally marks to ten frames. Great practice and math talk happening at this station.
Another pair of students used dominoes to record numbers and add them across.
And finally our number writing folders are a big hit. Students must write their numbers from 1-100 and then they will get a new page to continue on to 200. It will be stapled on top. Students cannot move on if any numbers are written backwards or out of sequence. I highlight these and they go back and fix them before moving on to the next sheet. Last year I had a student make it to 1,000! She was so excited.
At the beginning of this post I said I would share the number cards I use in my math station pocket chart. Here they are!
How are your math stations coming along?