Get excited! Here is a stations activity bundle for a unit on Rational Expressions! In this bundle, students will review the following concepts:
1)Simplifying Rational Expressions
2)Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
3)Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
4)Simplifying Complex Fractions
5)Solving Rational Equations
6)Dividing Rational Expressions Using Long Division
7)Dividing Rational Expressions Using Synthetic Division
8)Mixed Fluency Drills
Since the activity is extremely differentiated, students will be able to work through the stations at a level that is still academically challenging for them.
How to Organize the Stations:
I love doing this activity at the end of unit and before a post assessment/unit exam. It’s a great way to review all the concepts and get student moving around the room! The way I do this is first, I print the stations worksheets with all the problem sets on colored paper, each group a different color. For example, Group A problems are printed in “Green”, Group B problems are printed in “Blue”, and Group C are printed in “Yellow”. I have 8 different groups (desks) in my classroom with 4 students per group. I randomly assign each group a set of each of the Group Problems (there are also 8 of them from Group A to Group H). So one table with have Stations A – Group A, Group B, and Group C. Another table with have Stations B – Group A, Group B, and Group C. It keeps going until all the group tables have just ONE set of station worksheets. Instruct students not to take the worksheets from the table. You can tape them down on the tables if that helps! The worksheets CANNOT move from the tables—that’s the bottom line. Students will want to take the worksheets with them, remind students not to take the worksheets off the tables!
Students will have their own answer sheets and they are ordered from Stations A to Stations H. The answer sheets also have the matching learning target. Students use the answer sheets to show their work from the problems that are possibly taped onto the tables. Give students a generous amount of time answer the three questions listed. After you call time (and this is for however long you give which should be anywhere from 7 -15 minutes per station) students get up and move to the next station. If they started at Station A, they move to Station B. If they started at Station G they move to Station H. Students may also get lazy and not want to move, make them move! This activity can take 1 or 2 periods, depending on how long you assign each station.
How To Differentiate:
Group your students into three different groupings based on some form of assessment data (Group A – High), (Group B – Medium), (Group C – Low) and instruct them to only work on those specific problems as they move through the stations which are highlighted at the top of each page. Students at each group should be working on different stations for the most part. You may have two students at one table both working on maybe a group C task while the other two are doing a Group A or Group B task. This helps to also minimize students just copying off of each other.
I hope none of this was confusing! I hope you also find it very engaging and fun! Let me know how it works out in your class.
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