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The research is in: students make sense of mathematical problems best when they work in small groups, with hands-on experiences that echo real-world situations. That’s why Mathematics Station Activities for Common Core State Standards have proven so popular—middle school students learn to apply mathematics, employ problem-solving strategies, communicate with one another, and reason through to the answers while working together.
Contains multiple sets of activities for each of the five strands: Ratios and Proportional Relationships; the Number System; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; and Statistics and Probability. The activities consist of four different stations where students work in small groups, moving from station to station once their activities are complete.
According to Jill Rosenblum, Walch Education’s Vice President of Education, “Station-based activities give students multiple opportunities to develop their understanding. At the same time, they give teachers the chance to circulate, do informal assessments, and provide individual or small-group instruction as needed. These activities were developed and piloted as part of a summer school program that boosted student performance by an average of 37%, with some classrooms’ average improvement as high as 89%.”
- Multiple sets of activities, each with 4 separate stations
- 15 minutes per station followed by a debrief discussion
- Correlated to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, complementing any math program
- Uses readily available materials and manipulatives (not included)
Includes teacher support with discussion guides (prompts to encourage reflection and synthesis of ideas, suggested appropriate responses, and a listing of common errors and misconceptions identified in current research), answer keys, and materials lists.