Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Math Work Stations Linky Party

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten is hosting a linky party of the first two chapters of Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations book. I do have to admit that I do not differentiate my math work stations.  But, I can answer most of these questions....



  1. Materials used by the teacher first, then placed in the station: NO
  2. Materials do not change weekly, but rather changed to reflect the students learning objectives:  YES
  3. All students go to stations daily:  TUESDAY-THURSDAY
  4. Materials are differentiated: NO
  5. The teacher observes work or meets with differentiated math groups: YES

    These are my math stations.  As you can see, my tubs are labeled with station 1, 2, etc.  I've changed this.  I now have labels like fluency, vocabulary, geometry, etc.  It's more around the concepts we learn.  I keep my directions in a two-pocket folder with the name of the station on front.  I want to laminate these this year because the kiddos keep messing them up!  Above the stations, I have shelves with magazine holders.  These magazine holders are also labeled with fluency, vocabulary, geometry, etc.  When a station is not in use, the folder goes there and the materials get put away.  Opposite of my stations I have a bookshelf with baskets.  These baskets contain our math manipulatives.  It's nice to have everything in one place!


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6 comments :

  1. Thank you for linking up with us! I agree... Doesn't it feel good to be organized?

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

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  2. Wow... I love it! Thanks for you advice on my predicament with 2 classes... I will keep it in mind :)

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

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  3. You look very organized! I love the colors and how you rotate the materials from the baskets to the magazine holders. Thanks for posting!

    Cheryl
    Primary Graffiti

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  4. Hi Terri, You posted on another blog about having 10 stations at one time with your 2 classes and I had a couple of questions to hopefully better understand.

    Question 1. I don't understand how you have 10 stations going at the same time. Do you have 5 separate stations with two activities at each one? Or do you have 10 different stations.

    Question 2: Do all your stations support the same concept/skill. For instance, if you are teaching multiplication do you have stations that include foldables, a multiplication game and maybe textbook work.

    I will be teaching two 3rd grade math classes next year and I want to use the Daily 5 model/math stations. So this summer I am hoping to learn all I can this summer. I've read the Daily 5/Cafe and Guided Math books to get a better understanding of the process. If you can add any insight I would be most grateful.

    I love your blog--I refer to it often.

    Thanks!

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  5. Thank you Cheryl. I try to be organized but sometimes it ends up being an organized mess!

    Denise- I have 10 different stations at all times. They may or may not all get used everyday. I have my students work in pairs to complete station work. I always have a variety of stations going on. For example, I always have a vocabulary station, fluency station, geometry, and so on. It's more like a spiral review set of stations- something from every unit through the year. I hope this has helped you some. Also- check out my newest post. I will be posting how I conduct guided math and the components of it {i.e. stations, calendar, small group} in parts. Today I posted part 1: The Setup.

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  6. I have been looking for those magazine holders that you have in this picture, and Target had some for $3 each in February, but now they are all gone, and I don't know who else has them at a good price. Target even had colors that I loved, but I didn't buy enough. Could you tell me where you got yours? They look very similar to the ones I bought from Target, so would love to pick up some more! Thank you for sharing!

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