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Math Workshop: Math Rotation Stations

By Beth Newingham on April 26, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

Once the students are divided into three groups for math workshop, they rotate through the three different stations below during our daily math period. Students are typically at each station for 20 minutes.

Work With Teacher: At this station, students sit close to me and engage in an interactive lesson that is geared to their needs. I use a small dry erase board, and the students sit on the carpet in front of me so that I can see exactly what they are doing. Students often use portable dry erase boards to practice the concepts we are learning, or we may work together on pages in the math journal. (I am excited to have a new SMART Board to use during this rotation to make my instruction more interactive and effective!)

Independent Practice: Students are at their desks during this rotation, working on pages in their math journal (Everyday Mathematics' term for a math workbook). They may also be working on teacher-created worksheets or math packets.

Math Games: At this rotation, students play Everyday Mathematics games or other math games that help them practice the concepts they are learning in each unit. Students usually play the games with a partner in their group. There are times, however, when the games can be played as a whole group or in larger groups of three to four students. This rotation can also be a time for students to work on math projects and/or investigations that span multiple days. (Everyday Mathematics even has online games that students can play on the laptops.)

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