This product is included as part of my Building Community at the Beginning of the Year
I am SO EXCITED about this activity...I can’t wait to use it with my own kiddos in a few short weeks! The beginning of the year is all about getting back into the groove of school, setting up our classroom routines, getting to know one another, building community, and having FUN! This activity is a great opportunity to do just that. What I like about it is that it also combines high-quality mathematical experiences with higher-order thinking.
Math Buddy Stations is a series of 10 math stations at which students – in partner groups - will participate in various math-oriented learning experiences. Concepts covered include comparing/contrasting, patterns, making combinations, logical reasoning, building numbers, basic operations, creative expression, fractions, and multi-step problem solving. Recording sheets are provided for those activities that require them...all that your kids will need access to is your regular classroom resources. NOTE: Even though this is very much intended to be a partner activity, that doesn’t mean that students must turn in one recording sheet per pair. I think that can be difficult for some kids to manage. My goal with this is to get kids working together, but it’s possible to do that while working on separate sheets. Also, making each student responsible for turning in their own work ensures that both partners will be engaged. Use your own judgment. You’ll find that some of the stations are better suited to that arrangement than others. Pacing is up to you. I could easily see this stretching over a few days depending on how many stations you expect your students to complete. Some of the stations will result in a final ‘product’ suitable for sharing with the class. Make sure you carve out time for it!
In terms of grade levels, I this is good for 3-5. It might be a bit of a push for 3rd graders, though. You might need to provide some extra support/direction for them. Perhaps some of the trickier activities could be saved for later!
Thanks for checking it out!