stations! Our students love to not only get up and move around, but to
compete as well. Through review stations, students are actively engaged in
want students to master. An example would be a math unit on fractions. We would
want students to know how to solve: equivalent fractions, adding fractions,
subtracting fractions, and comparing fractions.
We then design questions/problems for each of the stations for students
to answer. We put these questions in a folder.
groups. We usually mix abilities in each group so there would be a high,
middle, and low level learner in each. We have found this to be the most
effective way to make teams as equal as possible. It is also fun to see the low
level students get energized and involved with their teammates!
rules and guidelines. Click here to access the rules and guidelines. We allow the
teams to make up their own names that relate to the unit of study. For our
fraction unit we had group names such as: Fraction Destroyers, Denominator
Dominators, Numerator Ninjas, and First Place Fractions.
to solve the problems that are in the folder. Points can be awarded to each
team based on the number correct for each activity. When the students finish,
there is an answer key taped to the bottom of the folder. They then can check
their work and award their group points. You may think that groups will cheat
and look at the answers right away, but if the rules are reviewed up front, you
shouldn’t have any problems. Especially if the material that you have for each
station is review for a test or quiz.
was the “take a shot for your team” challenge. Before rotating to the next
station, a member from each team comes to the front of the room. The object is
to throw a ball into a regular storage crate from about 5 feet away. If it
lands in the crate, the team gets 3 points. If it lands in the smaller bowl in
the crate the team gets 10 points (see picture below).
struggling with the review sheets, they can still feel success with earning
points from taking a shot.
find out which team was the winner. There are no trophies or awards for this
team, just satisfaction in knowing that they placed first. We always talk about
how each group worked hard, and reviewed the concepts for the test. We
encourage all the students to take home the sheets from the stations to
practice at home too.
parents appreciate having problems to review at home as well. Try review stations out in
your classroom. We bet your students will love it!