Thoughts: Stations are Super Fun

Stations are a staple in my classroom.  I try to do a full class period (1.5 hrs) of stations once a week.  I think of them as a way for students to get a lot of practice in a concept (or concepts) in a more fun way.  I’ve done stations from the start of the year, so kids know my expectations. I also discuss and post my expectations before we get started.

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Station Expectations image (import for your SmartBoard or ActivBoard) available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! (Free!)

How I do stations:

– I pick 6 – 8 activities to have the kids do and put all materials into some containers I got at Target.  All materials end up back in the container before kids can rotate.

– Generally students are in the same groups they normally sit in, but occasionally I will let them choose their own group or they get to pick a partner and then I pair them up.  Rarely do I make groups from scratch for an activity- that is too much work!

– I keep a timer on the ActivBoard running (kids get to pick the sound) so they can see how much time they have left to finish.

Activities I do:

Mix of activities on the same concept or different concepts: I will pick a few activities that are hands on practice (sorts, matching, etc…), modeling, and real life applications.

Mix of activities on different concepts: Different concepts but same idea- each station is a little different so kids don’t get bored and restless.

Stations used to take me a while to organize… coming up with the types of skills, what activity will work best for them, creating the materials, and then making the worksheet.  I started to resent doing them because I felt like I was spending SO MUCH TIME on them but I also knew that I loved doing them. Then a few months ago, I read online about shortcuts for stations.

Easy Stations: I have found that taking a worksheet, cutting it up (nicely and gluing onto other paper), hanging around the room (even in the hall!), and having the kids move around the room is a great (and quick alternative assignment).  It is even a great activity for a substitute to do.  I find that generally kids have a 20-30 minute max on this though.

Check out one of my favorites I do: Integer Station Activity

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Available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! (Both pdf & docx version and materials)

Originally Posted:

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March 3rd: Favorite Station Activities

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