While reading Debbie Diller’s book, “Math Stations,” I created this chart to show how I would introduce the stations and yet continue to teach math each day in a MULTIGRADE CLASSROOM.
Many of the ideas would work in a single grade classroom too.
Some teachers don’t take the time to establish routines and the result is that the math stations do not operate smoothly as the students do not know EXACTLY what they are to do and what is expected of them.
Day

Minilesson

Learning Outcome

Resources

Whole Group Everyday Math Lesson

1

Take one photo of each child for Management Board.


Complete the setup of the Management Board for Day 2

Number Lines
1st/1.1 2nd/ 1.1

2

Introduce: Management Board .
Model: How to obtain materials and where math stations are located.
Model: Cleaning up a station

Students explore and learn how to obtain their instructional materials and where to go to work with their partners.
Students will know what is expected as they clean up their stations.

Management Board
Missing Pieces Box
Numbered clear plastic tubs

Everyday Math Games:
Monster Squeeze
NumberLine Squeeze

3

Teacher and students model and practice: “Turn and Talk”.
Model: The difference between hearing and listening.

Students will learn that as mathematicians we are capable of thinking in many different ways and sharing their thinking with others.

Chart:
Thinking and Talking with a Partner

Introduce the Slate Routine
Explain the Number Grid and it’s patterns
1st/1.2 2nd/ 1.4 
4

Math Station Tub:
Teacher discusses how students have choices within one tub.
Teacher shows how materials are labeled to differentiate levels.
Model: Signals used to indicate it is time to stop and clean up, and signal to indicate to move to next station or to the small group teaching station.

Students realize that there are multiple activities to do with one math tub and those activities can be repeated.
Students will move to different activities quickly and quietly.

Completed math tub
Chart: How do we put materials away in our Math Tubs?
Auditory signal

Introduce the PatternBlock Template
1st/1.2 2nd/1.4

5

How to Obtain Help
Model: “I Can” Chart
“Instead” box for the Computer station

Teacher and students will create the first “I Can” chart together.
Students will practice being adaptable and flexible.

“I Can” chart

Formative Assessment for 1st Graders: Use math master pg 304 to see what numbers they can all ready write. Challenge them to write their numbers to 20.
Introduce the Class Scroll to the 2nd Graders.

6

Model and Practice:
How to Use a Math Talk card to express their mathematical ideas.

Students will express their thinking using a math talk card as a support.

2 different “Math Talk Cards” for each group of 2 students

How to Use a Calculator
1st/ 2.4 2nd/1.9

7

Represent your thinking through drawing, writing, Flip videos, and dramatizing.
Where to put completed work.

Students learn to record their thoughts in short video clips.
Students learn ways to represent their thinking, and where to put that completed document.

Flip Video Camera
Examples of students drawings, and writings.

Whole Group:
Odd and even
Tally marks

8

How to handle problems:
Ask 3 and then ask me.
Disagreements
What will happen when students don’t follow the procedures.

Students follow specific guidelines to solve problems.

Chart:
How We Can Solve Problems Ourselves

EM Games:
PennyDice Game
TopIt
Addition TopIt
Rolling for 50
Rolling for 500 using a 400500 number grid.

9

Introduce
“Our Math Thinking “ Books

Students learn they are accountable for doing their best work at stations.

Book: “Our Math Thinking”

EM Games:
Play your choice of game

10

Introduce First Station:
Review and model use of management board, obtaining materials, correct voice level.
Choose one student to be your partner, and go through the entire procedure while “thinking aloud about what you are doing and thinking”

Students will revisit how to maintain organized classroom math stations

Chart:
Looks like, Sounds Like, Feels like
One math tub of your choice

Whole Group:
Modeling how the teacher will be teaching the small group guided math groups.
All about Math Boxes using a teacher created math box page all about tally marks.

11

Continue to introduce another station.
Establish student accountability by modeling and posting an example of a completed student work product.

Students will learn mathematical ideas through independent learning.

Example of student work

How to play:
EM Facts Workshop Game that provides online practice of basic facts and computation.

12

Model:
How we share our experiences with our class members.

Students will engage in discussions and that they are accountable for their independent learning.


Reading books that relate to math such as counting books.
How to create your own math related book.

13

Model:
Computer Station
“Instead Box”

Students will learn a routine to cooperatively use the classroom computer.

Chart: Step by step directions to use the computer
Chart: Who is on the Computer Today?

How to read a number line on a thermometer

14

(After conducting an actual “Math Station”)
Getting back together as a whole group to reflect on what went well.

Grand Opening Celebration:
Beginning a station

Wrapped box that announces the beginning of math stations.
Chart: What We Did Well

Administer the Beginning of the Year Test to both grade levels. Recruit a volunteer to read the test aloud to one grade level while you read the other grade level test. See if the volunteer will also help score the test.

Sheryl says
Wonderful! Thank you