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Math Stations Made Easy!

The thought of setting up math stations in the classroom can be stressful! It takes lots of planning and practice, but it can be so rewarding for you and your students! Modeling correct behavior and expectations for handling materials is so important! I’ve include some step by step ideas that I used and hope these will help you! I created a power point with these pictures and used it as a tool to discuss math stations before we started them! It really helped!

To help you get started, I share below my procedures. I hope these ideas will trigger some ideas that will work in your classroom! The boxes for storage and charts are from the Really Good Stuff Company  Teachers Pay Teachers is an awesome place to purchase math station resources, too!

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell

Step One: Set Up a Math Stations Board:

I use a pocket chart to organize my students for stations. You can easily modify pairings as your stations change too.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-math stations board

If you need to meet with students, you can add yourself to the rotation schedule for students who need extra support during your math stations.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-meet the teacher card

Step two: organize your station in math buckets by number:

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-math buckets

step three: Add numbers to designate where your students are to work

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-read the room

step four: teach students how to work in their stations

Students don’t automatically know how stations are to work, so you need to demonstrate your stations so that they use them appropriately. I talk to my students about sitting beside versus across from each other.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-partner work
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-how to work together

We also take time to talk about sharing materials. Hogging materials can be a problem and cause the station to fail.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-share materials

Show students how to care for your stations. How they take materials out and return them can make a difference in how long the station lasts.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-lid off station box

math stations I use with my students:

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell circles and stars
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell even and odd
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell race to 100
place value dice game
multiplcation roll em
jumpin jacks
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell computation practice
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell dice games
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell building numbers face off
building number
card caper game

step five: clean up

When it is time to end your math stations block, it’s important to give procedures for clean up. I have students place all materials back into the bin. Then, they place them back in the closet in the numbered order for the next math stations block.

Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-packing up
Math Stations Made Easy by Anne Rozell-packing up centers

Best Wishes for amazing math stations!

Here are some resources from my TPT store that would work beautifully with math stations:   

Word Problems for 3rd Grade Worksheets Bundle Sets A-C

Multiplication Dice Games | Roll and Play Games

Multiplication BUMP Games BUNDLE | Holiday Seasonal Themes

Math Stations Made Easy!
Math Stations Made Easy!
Math Stations Made Easy!

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