Students need to know WHAT they are doing before they get to the station. I think math stations should always be a review. You can use the activity the week before it goes in the station during your teaching, and then students shouldn't come to you with 100 questions about it. :) I love to teach activities and games that will be in stations as part of my mini-lesson or in small groups. Kids love to play teacher vs. student!
Do you have a poster-maker at your school? If you don't... be jealous. They are the best invention ever. I use it to make the activity big enough for everyone to see on the board. You could also use a document camera. :)my 10-drawer rainbow cart.
If there are smaller pieces needed for a game, use a small Ziploc inside the larger Ziploc to keep the pieces together.
this post about using felt for dice- it keeps the dice from clacking all over the desk tops. Another option is foam dice! A lot of the manipulative kits are coming with these now. The only drawback is they are usually only found as 6-sided, and I LOVE 10-sided dice!
I hope these tips help your Math Workshop go smoothly! Check out my Guide to Launching Math Workshop for more tips, as well as some starter stations! Need more stations and games for your classroom? Check out all of my math units in my TPT store!
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