Many teachers use stations in their classroom. In fact, as I did instructional rounds last week, most of the teachers in my building were running stations. I use stations to review before tests. I created 10 stations that reviewed NBT 5.1 - 5.7. I made sure each station had clear directions and all the materials, so that students could work without my guidance. This was the first time this class worked in stations this year, and overall I was very happy with the critical thinking and collaboration!
Before stations each day, I reviewed the Matrix the students helped make. This set the tone for the period.
Here are some of the station activities:
My students play the game Powerlines and LOVE the challenge. I found this printable version that uses decimals! It was super easy to find materials and set up.
To challenge students' critical thinking skills, I purchased Logic Puzzles. This was one of the more difficult stations for students as they weren't used to the language and process of solving a logic puzzle. The kids collaborated and persevered and met the challenge by the end!
Mini Seek n Solve
I create whole-class versions of the Seek n Solve (Click Here), but wanted a mini version for station work. I found these task cards that I liked because they were challenging word problems. I taped the answers to the bottom of cards and voila! A mini Seek n Solve.
Round & Roll
Data trends showed that we needed to review decimal rounding. This was a super successful (and fun!) activity to do so.
Yummy Math has a TON of open-ended math questions. I love this one because students had to compare, order, add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals while justifying who they thought was the best NBA player ever.
I would love to hear some of the successes you have had with stations! What are your favorite resources?
Have a super week everyone!!
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