Have you ever had one of those teaching days when you’re like, “Wow! This is really working!”? Well, I did today. For years, I have always wanted to set up stations in my classroom to allow students to move around the room, work in groups, and do different things throughout the hour. I was lucky enough to find a book on eNasco.com that is built around “stations” for math. Because of my class sizes, I set up two sets of four stations, a set of “A” stations and a set of “B” stations. The stations were four groups of desks, a manilla file folder with the station number, and whatever materials were needed for that station. The following is a list of the stations and their required materials:

Station 1: Worksheet, one dice, a set of 5 index cards with the following expressions written on them:

3n + 4, 2m^2, 15 – x, 60 / p, 2x – 2

Station 2: Worksheet

Station 3: Worksheet

Station 4: Worksheet, set of 5 index cards with the following expressions written on them:

2x + 2, 5 + x, 36 / x, 16 – x, 2x^2

set of 5 index cards with the following values of x written on them:

x = 2, x = 3, x = 4, x = 5, x = 7

Give the students ten minutes at each station. The worksheets explain how to conduct each station, but I still had to help a few of the groups. The following pictures are of the worksheets for each station.