Math stations have officially been launched in 3W! For the last several weeks students have been learning the routines, procedures and expectations for math stations.
What are math stations?
Math stations are similar to centers in that students work with a partner on various math games. Typically students complete two math stations during a given math block with their partner. The goal of stations is for students to be getting the extra practice and reinforcement with the skills we are learning on non station math days. Also, stations act as a spiral review in that occasionally students get the opportunity to engage with a game that requires them to review/ practice skills we've already covered. (i.e. addition & subtraction) Students use the station work-board (pictured above) so that they know what stations they will need to complete in a given day.
On the station work-board there are student's names with various number/color cards. These cards correlate with the number drawer students take to their station spot.
What is in the station drawers?
The games! Each drawer contains various games & game materials. Also, the games are differentiated so that they can be made more challenging as skills become more fluent for students. Students have spent weeks learning the rules for each game, as well as "math talk".
What is "math talk"?
Math talk is the math language students are expected to engage in with their station partner. (i.e. skip counting, math vocabulary words such as product, sum, difference, array, and conversations that explain each others thinking)
Where are stations headed?
Ultimately, the goal is for stations to take place 3-4 times a week. Eventually, students will be able to work independently in each stations, while I pull students to work in small groups on differentiated instruction & teaching.
Over all, your child has been working tremendously hard on maintaining there routines, procedures and expectations. They continue to impress me with their incredible teamwork and math thinking!!