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 and 2:
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. This 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. That’s why I’ve included Go For 100! and 100 Pennies in this set.
I also often provide preview activities, like Algebraic Thinking With Pattern Blocks in this set of stations. The students are asked to work with pattern blocks in a way that prepares them for future fraction work, and they also practice writing equations. They explore proportion and area, all the while noticing equivalence (even if we’re not calling it that yet). This sets them up perfectly for comparing, adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions later in the year.
I’ve also included activities that ask students to strategically use place value, push them to solve problems with more than one strategy, and encourage them to describe their math process in writing.
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4 Activities Included in this set of Math Stations:
Algebraic Thinking With Pattern Blocks
At this station, you will create pattern block designs that have the same area as one yellow hexagon. You’ll use letters (variables) to write equations that represent your equations. After creating 5 equations, you may design equations that have a different area from one yellow hexagon.
I can represent pattern block area with an equation.
I can figure out the area of one pattern block design based on the area of another.
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.
Go For 100!
At this station you will play a game! For each round, shuffle the cards and deal 6 cards to each player. Use 4 of your cards to create two 2-digit numbers that have a sum as near to 100 as possible. Set aside the other 2 cards you were dealt. Record your addition equation. Your score is the difference between your sum and 100. The player with the lowest score wins.
I can use strategies to help me do mental math with addtion.
I can use place value to add accurately.
At this station, read the scenario carefully. Think about each step it takes to solve the problem. Use complete sentences to write out each step.
I can describe how to solve a problem in writing.
I can find a missing addend.