This set of math stations comes with 4 engaging activities along with complete lesson plans, discussion questions, and Common Core standards for each. Also included is a "how to" for running math stations in your classroom.
**This bundle can stand alone, but is part of a set of math stations. Find 4th Grade Math Stations 4 HERE!
I want my students to see patterns and make connections. I give them time to do math, analyze it, and talk about it. 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 multiple opportunities for students to identify patterns that will help them make sense of math. There is an activity for finding place value patterns in multiplication, a worksheet for practicing fluency strategies in subtraction, and a sorting activity that will help students move from using concrete models for comparing fractions to noticing patterns in numerators and denominators that help us do it abstractly.
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.
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Directions and Learning Targets for each activity:
Subtraction Strategies and Patterns
At this station, you’ll be practicing mental math strategies to help you build fluency with subtraction. Take a look at the number line in the examples to help you understand the strategies, then give it a try yourself.
I can build fluency by noticing patterns in numbers and operations.
I can use mental math strategies to subtract.
Place Value Patterns in Multiplication
This station asks you to put your answers in a place value chart. Think carefully about where each digit goes! Pay close attention to patterns in the factors and products, and answer the questions in complete sentences. Be very thoughtful about solving the problems on the back. Which problems will help you solve the large multiplication problem, 4 x 237?
I can multiply by multiples of ten.
I can recognize place value patterns.
I can use place value based strategies to help me do math efficiently and accurately.
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.
To do the fractions sort, pick a fraction card and compare the fraction to 1/2. Use the chart to sort all the fraction cards. Remember that >1/2 means your fraction is greater than 1/2, and <1/2 means your fraction is less than one half. Use fraction pieces to help you compare the fractions, and pay attention to patterns in the fractions that fit each category.
I can determine if a fraction is less than, greater than, or equal to 1/2.
I can find patterns in fractions that help me order and compare them.
I can build a fraction from unit fractions.
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