Thursday, August 8, 2013

Setting Up Math Stations & a FREEBIE

Well, it's Day 4 of our fair week!  Today is Sale Day.  Later today the kids will be selling their goats and hogs to the highest bidder.  Anyone need a goat??  Ha!  Seriously, though, our community supports these kids 4H kids like crazy!  The businesses and community members come out in droves to support the auction.  It's such a fun night!
Today, the lovely ladies from Primary Possibilities are guest blogging for me.  Read on for ideas on how to implement math stations in your classroom!

Hello Friends!!  We are so happy to be guest blogging today.  I am sure by now many of you have been in your classrooms setting up every detail from organizing files to mapping out your curriculum.  Today, we are going to talk about math stations.  Stay with us to the end of this post for a freebie.

This year will be the first year that Stephany and I will be fully implementing math stations in our classrooms.  We started by reading Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations.  She offers many illustrations and ideas to get started with math stations in K-2.
Next, we went through our grade level Common Core standards and matched it with our corporation-wide curriculum map.  After we completed this long task, we created our own math stations that are Common Core aligned and engaging for our students.

Below you will find back to school kindergarten Common Core aligned math stations.  These Common Core aligned math stations focus on the following math standards:
Quarter 1: (This packet focuses on numbers 0-10 for the first quarter of kindergarten.)
K.CC.3- Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
K.CC.4- Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.  When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. 
K.CC.5- Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.

Stephany has a super cute Back to School BBQ math station packet for first grade.  This product makes me want to teach first grade.  It is super cute and jam-packed with engaging activities.
Not only did Stephany include math stations, but literacy stations too!!  This engaging Common Core aligned activity pack is great for back to school for first grade. This is a great review of standards and introduction of new standards. These activities are excellent for students who are beginning to work on station, center, and small group work! Included are 8 stations (4 literacy, 4 math) 

Soda Pop Sentences- (1.RF.1a)
Serving Up Short Vowels- (1.RF.2a, 1.RF.2c)
Picnic Unscramble- (1.RF.1a)
Roll, Read and Write- (1.RF.4, 1.RF.3g)

Grillin’ Up Numbers- (1.NBT.1)
Missing Mustard-(1.NBT.1)
Base Ten Burgers- (1.NBT.2b)
Greater Grill-(1.NBT.3)

Setting up how students will rotate can be tricky.  I want my students to be able to understand the rotation chart and also allow my groups to be grouped by ability.  I use a standard pocket chart with Deedee Wills' Station Labels.  The best part about these labels are that they are free in her store.  There are 3 of the same label on each page.  I use one for my math chart, one for literacy, and one on the table for the location.  I feel it is important that my students know exactly where to go.
As you may notice from the chart below, I do not call them math stations and literacy stations.  I refer to this time as "discovery."  We have a math discovery time and a literacy discovery time.
And you can't guest blog without offering a freebie.  So, click the picture below to pick up Stephany's "Where'd you go, Watermelon?".
Thank you for letting us guest blog.  We hope you come check out our blog, Primary Possibilities for more ideas and resources from our classrooms.

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