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 3, but can also be used alone.
I want my students to think critically every day. I respect their clever minds and creativity. I find that if I give them a chance to solve problems, they can do it - without my help, without having it modeled for them, and often without the traditional strategies we sometimes forget aren’t the only way to solve problems.
Am I suggesting you teach less?! Absolutely.
In this set of math stations, there are 2 games, Polygon Sort and Times Table Takeover. Play a round of each with the kids, and then let them play.
There is a problem solving activity (as always) called Perseverance! Let them know that this is a challenging problem and that you will not be helping them with it. If it was easy, you wouldn’t be giving it to them. They are welcome to use grid paper, base 10 blocks, or other math tools, but it is up to them to find a solution and check their work with another strategy.
Lastly, there’s an activity that introduces the standard algorithm for addition, Nice Adding, Bob!. Students will analyze how one person solved an addition problem, and write out the steps to the new strategy in words. That’s right, you’re not showing them how it works, you’re letting them study his strategy and make sense of it for themselves.
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4 Activities Included in this set of Math Stations:
Each player gets one set of category cards (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon). Each puts the category cards in a row in front of themselves.
Shuffle up the cards and deal them out as evenly as possible to each player.
Each player sorts the cards into the categories (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon). When all players are finished sorting, they should check each others’ work. Scoring reinforces the concept being learned: point values are based on number of sides and angles of polygons.
The player with the most points wins the round!
I can classify polygons based on number of sides and angles.
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.
Times Table Takeover
In this game, you’ll practice your multiplication facts while trying to takeover the multiplication table! The winner is the player who takes up most of the game boards.
I can fluently multiply with the numbers 1-12.
Nice Adding, Bob!
At this station, thoughtfully analyze Bob’s addition strategy (also known as the standard algorithm). Do your best to describe each of his steps in writing. Use complete sentences. Then, try the addition problem with another strategy.
I can use a variety of strategies, including the standard algorithm, to add large numbers.
I can explain my mathematical thinking in writing.