My husband often asks me why am I constantly making new things for my classroom. Can’t I just use the same plans I used last year and the same materials? You know, just change the dates!
Well . . . yes . . . but . . . NO!
Well . . . yes . . . but . . . NO!
My kids aren’t the same as the ones I had last year. Their interests are different. Their readiness levels are different. (I didn’t have 17 boys and 8 girls last year for instance, and now I do!) So I can’t just ‘do the same thing.’ Sure, I am able use some of the same materials, but, of course, I’m always adding and tweaking my plans here and there to make it just right. Today is no exception as I print and laminate two additional packets to include in my math station activities.
Actually, November math station plans are a perfect example of keeping some of the tried and true and adding some new pieces in response to my new class’ interests.
I thought I’d would share what I am working on getting ready today for the next three weeks of math stations in my class. You will notice that I refer to the CCSS in each station and also show the different tiers and how I address their readiness levels. So here’s a quick peek:
If you’d like a copy of this plan, feel free to click on the picture, and it will send to you a pdf of the plan. These are the exact plans that I will attach to my planbook document for math stations for the next three weeks.
Station 1: Thanksgiving Yatta This activity is from Thankful for Math Stations Galore. Yatta is fast past and all about fluency. Students count items quickly and quietly, find the matching number, point to it, and say ‘Yatta.’ If they are the first, they win the card. Nothing has been better for counting and number fluency for me than this game, and my kinder friends this year LOVE it.
Station 2: Spin-it, Say-it, Smashing Pumpkin Pie
Every set of stations, whether it’s math or word work, needs to have a spinner game for this year’s class. I love it because spinners are so easy to differentiate, and my kinders love it because it’s FUN!
Station 3: Thanks for Ten Frame Write the Room Fun Seventeen boys and eight girls!!! Enough said! We have to be moving in this room and write the room activities are the way to make it happen and still have them working. It’s an easy station to differentiate, and I never have to worry about them being bored.
Station 4: Thanksgiving Ten Frame Sensory Table Match Up Sensory tables are a must! I will have three sensory bins/tables in my class this month and this is the one I’ll be using for math stations.
Station 5: Thanks for Counting This activity is great for visual discrimination and counting. It’s also from Thankful for Math Stations Galore.
Station 6: What’s for Dinner? This station is also from Thankful for Math Stations Galore. It is based slightly on the old card game ‘war,’ but students spin a spinner to see if the “greater” or “less than” number is the winner.
Station 7: Gobbling Up Missing Numbers I-Spy Face it, if there’s a magnifying glass involved, your kids will be engaged and working. My kinders this year can’t get enough of I-Spy work. They love being little detectives.
Station 8: Thanksgiving Play-doh Ten Frame and Making Ten Mats Again, this one is from Thankful for Math Stations Galore. I think using play-doh and incorporating any kind of fine motor work is essential and so important, especially this year. These little hands need lots of exercise! It’s differentiated so that some students will be working just on tens frames while others work on making ten.
Station 9: Pilgrim Number Order Fun This last station is also from Thankful for Math Stations Galore. Number order is tricky, and this is a fun way to practice it. I limit the numbers based on readiness so that students don’t get bored if it’s too easy nor frustrated if it’s too difficult.
If you’d like to learn more about these activities, just click on any of the pictures above and it will take you to the link.
In the meantime, you’ll find me printing and laminating.