When setting up tour classroom, you want to have a designated space where all of your math stations materials can be accessed easily. All of my manipulatives and tools are stored in clear tubs so that my students can easily see what is inside. You also want to each of your math manipulatives to be labeled so supplies do not get mixed up.
Here is what my area looks like. I got these baskets from the dollar store years ago and they’ve held up well over the years. You can also use Sterlite drawers or plastic baskets to hold center supplies and activities.
Is everything perfectly labeled? No, but it is organized and it works for me. The pink and purple baskets you see on the middle shelf hold dice cups, money cups, and dry erase markers. My monthly math stations are held in the Sterilite containers on the bottom shelf. The colored drawer cart to the right holds all of my stations that I have by concept.
You also, want your rotation board on display where students can easily see where they are going. If you don’t have wall space for a large display, you can also use a digital rotation board. I like to display this one with the names of each activity for each group. It is EDITABLE so you could easily change the text to show students names or station directions.
Now let’s talk about some basic supplies that I use daily to run math stations smoothly. Click on the link to purchase.
- quickly bring their sleeve up to you for a quick check.
- take a photo using a smart device of their work for you to check later
- take a photo and upload it to SeeSaw (an online student portfolio that makes student/teacher communication easy and fun). This allows you to leave comments
on student work.
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