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

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  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

  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!

    Primary Graffiti

  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.


  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.

  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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