This week the Math Work Stations Blog Party is focusing on Chapter 3: Getting Started with Math Work Stations.
In my opinion, this is the chapter you will use the most, especially at the start of the year. The author, Debbie Diller, gave specific examples of mini-lessons, how to introduce math work stations to the class and the management of the work stations.
Below I will give my answers to the guiding questions on our Math Work Stations Book Mark that I got from Deedee Wills over at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.
1. What should your math work stations, look like, sound like and feel like?
- I would hope they would look a lot like our literacy centers. Our literacy centers have a management board, students go in pairs, students go the the stations every day, and stations are heavily modeled.
- I hope it looks very child centered, anchor charts viewed and used by the students.
- I hope it feels like the children have ownership of the stations by helping create the anchor charts and I can lists.
2. What does your management board look like?
- I would think that my math management board would look something similar to the one on page 70 using children's pictures, math and number cards.
3. How do you support math vocabulary (math talk cards) in your stations?
- I am not sure. I have not used math stations in the past so this is something new to me. I will be looking for lots of resources this summer. I will start by printing off the Math Workstation Sharing Time Cards (found in the appendix) onto cardstock and putting it onto a ring.
Thinking about how I will use math workstations, I will probably store the stations in a three shelf metal rolling cart.
I am also looking for tubs or bins to store the math stations. I was thinking about these Sterilite 15 qt latch box containers.