Saturday, January 5, 2013

Math Workstations & 3 FREEBIES!

Monday is our official first day back, so today has been a CRAZY cleaning day (my hubby's New Year's resolution for me! So sweet of him ;) ), but I am in need of a brain-break and a little blog lovin'. In addition to getting all of my producers and consumers lessons cleaned up, I have also been filling my math workstation tubs (I cannot say enough about Debbie Diller's Math Workstation book. It is full of fabulous ideas that truly engage little learners. If you haven't read it yet, run, don't walk, to get a copy. It is one of my favorite math resources!). In the process of filling them, of course I needed to make some new activities to include. I traveled far and wide (the Dollar Store, Target, and RAFT to be exact) and found some super cool things to add.
First, I went searching for stretchy stuff.

Everything in this box (except for the mini stretchies) came from the Dollar Store. The mini snakes, spiders, and frogs came in a bigger set from RAFT (there were tons in the bag, so I can swap them out when the others get gross).  In the box is Silly Putty, a Slinky, mini monkeys, and large animals. I figured that this would be a good variety. I also created a recording sheet and direction cards to go with the activity (freebie at the bottom of the post). I printed and laminated the direction cards and placed them in the workstation box with the stretchies, a ruler, a measuring tape, and recording sheet.

The next activity is not my original idea, but I made it cuter! The original idea came from RAFT (Resources Area for Teachers). RAFT is one of my favorite places to go. The "mother-ship" is located in San Jose, CA. There is also another smaller facility in Redwood City, CA. For those outside of northern California, you can visit RAFT online for free activity guides and can even purchase many of the activity kits online. I will tell you all about RAFT in a later post as I could go on and on about this amazing place! Now, back to math workstations! So the idea that I stole borrowed is an area activity using centimeter blocks (I picked up a big bag of these for $1 at RAFT). I just created abstract shapes using a centimeter grid. The students have to "guess" the area first and then fill it with centimeter blocks to determine the actual area. It is easy peasy, but the nuggets love it! I just printed the pages out on colored cardstock and laminated them. In the box I included a dry erase marker and mini eraser (Target Dollar spot), so that they could be used over and over again. I even made a blank gridded page for students to create their own shape and challenge their partner. This freebie file is at the bottom of the post.

Next activity involves surveys and graphing. My nuggets love to hold a clipboard and ask their friends what they like! They really get a kick out of this and it is too sweet to watch. I created some simple survey sheets. The nuggets simply walk around the room and gather the data, graph it, and then answer some simple questions. Again, the freebie is at the bottom of the post!

Like always, I have tons of these activities to post. I will be creating a few TpT activity collections focused on each math concept area in the  Common Core math. Keep your eyes open!
Have a blessed Saturday!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing about RAFT! Living in GA, I had no idea what that was so I will have to check it out! Super cute sheets! I love that bow looking border!!

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