Tips, Strategies, and Resources from Laura Candler
What exactly is a math station? Before I implemented math stations in my 5th grade classroom, I envisioned them as elaborate "centers" around the room where students would go to play games or complete activities. But who has time to create those cute little centers? And even if we had the time, who has enough space in their classrooms to set up all those centers?!
Fortunately, I learned that math stations don't have to be elaborate, complicated, OR picture perfect! Math stations, or math centers, can be nothing more than a set of directions along with the task cards or other materials for the activity. The best math station activities are highly engaging and often involve partners working together. The activities can be completed at a table, at a student desk, or even while sitting on the floor! As you can see from these pictures, that's where my students enjoyed working.
Differentiation is the buzz word in education, but the challenge is finding the time to plan and prepare activities that meet the needs of all of our students. Upper elementary and middle school studentsneed differentiation as much as younger students, but figuring out how to differentiate can be a daunting task. Adding math stations to your instructional program can be an effective way of meeting diverse needs and finding the time to work with small groups of students on targeted skills.
If you aren't sure how to get started with math stations, you'll find Math Stations for Middle Grades to be an excellent resource. I wrote it as a guide for upper elementary and middle school teachers who want to simplify the process of setting up math centers. The ebook includes 60+ pages of activities, printables, and management strategies! You can purchase it alone or with editable templates of the task cards and selected resources. If you want a greater selection of games, the Math Stations and Games Bundle is just what you need! Click the images below to find these items in my TpT store.
If you're interested in purchasing Math Stations for Middle Grades, take a look at your options. Click each cover image to find it on TpT where you can preview the product.
Math Stations for Middle Grades includes over 2 dozen math games and activities in a variety of math content areas. You'll also find blank blackline masters for game cards. However, if you would like even more activities, including the directions, printables, and answer keys, you'll want to purchase the bundle on the far right that includes Games for Task Cards. You can customize those games by adding your own task cards with specific math content.
These pictures were taken of my 5th graders as they were working in Math Stations. You can see their Math Station Logs in some of the pictures!
The price shown above are for a single classroom teacher, and multiple licenses can be added at the time of purchase for 50% off. If an entire school will be using this resource, you can purchase an affordable School Site License from my TeachersPayTeachers store. This license grants the right to upload the book to a school server where all users at one school site may access the materials.
Templates Included - The site license also includes the PowerPoint and MS Publisher templates shown above. When many teachers at one school are using the same resource, it's great to be able to customize the games and activities with your own math content!
Note - The school site license does not include the Games for Task Cards bundle.