I’m thankful for differentiated math stations this weeks. I LOVE math, and I love that my kinder friends love it too.
My plans for this month’s stations are set (It’s a short month with all the holidays and such), and I thought I’d give a little glimpse at the goodies we have planned. I’ll be finishing up my Daily 6 stations shortly.
If you need to print off a copy of these plans, just click on the picture and it will take you to the pdf that you can print. The plans show you how the activity is aligned to common core and how I differentiated it for my students’ readiness.
And here’s a little explanation of each station. You can click on the picture to find out more about each activity . . .
Station 1: Thanks for Counting- There are two counting mats to extend learning for this activity. Students count objects and record their findings. It is differentiated to challenge students at their readiness levels.
Station 2: What’s for Dinner?-This is a spin and compare game. Students are challenged to read numerals and ten frame numbers to compare to see which is greater and which is less. They spin to see who ‘wins’ a hand, the greater or less one, before placing another set of cards down.
Station 3:Gobbling Up Missing Numbers I-Spy – My kinder students LOVE working with magnifying glasses. Students search for a series of hidden numbers with a magnifying glass. They record the numbers they find and either supply the number that comes after, before or before and after depending on the mat that you choose for them to complete. There are several levels (1-10, 1-15 and 1-20) from which you can select.
Station 4:Thanksgiving Play-doh Ten Frames or Making Ten Fun.- This is a class favorite. You can choose plain ten frame mats and numbers or choose the making ten play-doh mats for your students. There are two different sets.
Station 5: Pilgrim Number Order – This activity has three different ranges of numbers that you can choose. Students pick three numbers and place them on the pilgrims from smallest to biggest numbers and then record their answer.
Station 6: Thanksgiving Number Yatta- This is a highly addictive number fluency game. This one has students quickly counting Thanksgiving objects and then locating the number on the counting mat. When they find it, they yell ‘YATTA’ (which means ‘I got it.’) and they keep that card. Play continues until all the cards are used up. There is a 1-5 mat and a 1-10 mat from which you can choose to use.
Station 7: Turkey Trot Self-Correcting Independent Missing Numbers – Students select a card and determine what number is missing in a series of numbers shown. They record their answer and then open the card to see if they are correct. This activity is differentiated to meet your students’ readiness levels.
Station 8: Thanks for Ten Frame Write the Room Fun. -Students travel around the room searching for ten frame numbers and recording their answers on differentiated recording sheets. There are also two sets of numbers for 1-10 and 1-20.
Station 9: Turkey Hunt – Use only the cards that appropriate for the readiness level of your students. One student hides the turkey behind a pilgrim hat while the others hide their eyes and turn their backs. Students take turns guessing where the turkey is hiding. They can’t just simple point, they must say the number correctly to ‘see’ if it is hidden behind that number. The student that finds the turkey, gets to hid it next.
And that’s it for math stations. Most of these activities come from my Thanksgiving Math Stations Galore pack. There are 11 station activities to choose from there. Each activity has a students instruction card to help make stations even more independent.
I use math stations three times a week and my students go to two different stations each of those days for between 15-20 minutes. Over a three week period, they will travel to each station twice. This set up works GREAT for my students, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
Of course I have a ton of word work activities for Thanksgiving too but I’ll try and post about those in later this weekend. For now I’m going to leave you with these adorable Turkey’s we finished up today from my sweet friend Jennifer over at First Grade Blue Skies. We did a little writing activity that went along with The Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman, and then made these. Aren’t they crazy cute. I’ll be sure to snap a picture when I get them up on our wall.
Until then, I’m thankful for all of you who keep coming back to listen to my ramblings. Thanks for being great friends.
Now if you want to see some more great plans, head over to Deedee’s for her weekly visual plan linky party.