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It was a joy working with teachers in grades K-4 on math work stations in Frankfort, IN. We met in grade level teams and looked at their curriculum and state standards. We also checked out the Common Core State Standards (www.corestandards.org) for math. Then we planned upcoming lessons and math stations to accompany them. We used the planning form in Chapter 8 of my new book, Math Work Stations. I’ve posted pictures of the work we did in 4th grade since many of you have been asking about how to create math stations for upper grades. They were teaching about improper fractions. We made a sample anchor chart for improper fractions that the teachers will make WITH their classes to help anchor this learning. Students can refer to the chart as they learn about and explore math stations related to improper fractions. Not all stations will have fraction work at them. Some stations will review other concepts as well.

How to Plan for Math Stations:

1. Look at what you’re teaching. Talk about how you’re teaching concepts as a grade level and share ideas!

2. Use materials and games/activities you’re already teaching in whole group math (or even small group for some kids).

3. Plan for related math stations to be used as follow-up and review by pairs of students. Be sure kids are familiar with concepts and activities so this isn’t brand-new work. Familiarity helps students work independently.

4th grade planning chart for math work stations related to what is being taught next

4th grade sample anchor chart for improper fractions- this will be made with students to anchor their learning for this challenging concept

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In Randolph Co., NC, we focused on how to plan for literacy work stations. First, we looked at space and teachers mapped out their classrooms using paper and sticky notes. Then we examined quality whole group teaching based on state standards for reading. FInally, teachers worked in teams to plan and chart what kids would practice at literacy work stations. The photos tell the story!

Teachers work in pairs to map out space in their classrooms using paper and sticky notes

Working in teams, educators chart what they’re teaching, materials they’re using, and how they’ll apply that practice to literacy work stations:

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