Thank you for your interest in this set of math station activities! This packet includes 4 ready-to-go activities with learning targets, discussion questions, and corresponding Common Core standards. (See directions and LTs below.) You'll also find my research-backed method for running math stations in your classroom and answer keys. By completing this set of stations, your students will experience EVERY Common Core practice standard.
This packet follows Math Stations 1.
In the beginning of the year it is so important to ensure that all students experience math success. From day 1, I want to set the tone for growth mindsets in my classroom. That helps students feel open to math discussion and prepares them to deal with struggle. I use the word “perseverance” in my room a lot!!
I like to begin the year with review activities that are not simply review (which can be a challenge for some and boring or rote for others). I want review to be a new way to look at old material. I want students to make new connections with concepts they’ve seen before.
I also often provide preview activities, like Multiplying With Base 10 Blocks in this set of stations. The students are asked to solve larger multiplication problems than they ever have, but they are not asked to write equations. They simply need to explore and figure out the products, all the while noticing the importance of place value. This sets them up perfectly for solving these problems abstractly in the future.
This is why I’ve included activities that ask students to notice their use of place value as they solve problems, push them to solve problems with more than one strategy, and encourage them to write about their math thinking.
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4 Activities Included in this set of Math Stations:
You Are The Author!
At this station, thoughtfully write a word problem that fits the given addition equation. Solve the addition equation using two strategies. It is your choice to write the word problem or solve the equation first. When writing the word problem, create a context that shows your understanding of the value of the numbers and the operation.
I can represent an equation with a realistic word problem.
I can use multiple strategies to solve an addition problem.
For this station, you will persevere not only in solving a complex problem with 2 different strategies, but also in showing your work neatly and clearly. Be sure to show your thinking step by step so others can understand it. When possible, write an equation to represent each step of your solution.
I can persevere in solving a problem, proving the accuracy of my answer by showing my work two ways.
Explain Your Thinking
At this station you will be multiplying and adding three single-digit numbers. Multiplication and addition both have an attribute called the Commutative Property. That means you can multiply or add numbers in any order without affecting the product or sum. This property help us do mental math. Do the math, and explain your thinking in sentences.
I can use strategies to help me solve problems mentally.
I can explain my thinking in writing.
Multiplying With Base 10 Blocks
At this station, use base 10 blocks to solve 3-by-1 digit multiplication problems. Show how you used the blocks with a drawing. Think about how place value helps you solve these large multiplication problems.
I can draw to represent a math strategy using blocks.
I can multiply a one digit number by a three digit number.
Keep an eye out for more Math Stations! This is the second in a line of many Math Station sets.
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