# math stations kindergarten

#### seashell

##### Senior Member
I need some ideas for math stations. We are using investagations. I have math workshop and I need ideas for math stations for about 15mins.

We have to have math workshop and stations

#### Munchkins

##### Senior Member
How about counting manipulatives? Have them line up #cards on order, and count out that number of objects to match. Let them do 1-20, and then have them count the objects back from 20-1.

Higher kids- higher numbers. And even higher- have them make groups of 2, 5, 10 objects to practice skip counting.

Can you tell my firsties are weak in counting?

#### merci

##### Junior Member
try these...

I've just started math workshop this year, and here are two websites that have some pretty simple things I'm using.

http://www.kidscount1234.com/mathcentersandgames.html

http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/

A book I'm reading, Math Exchanges: Guiding Young Mathematicians in Small Group Meetings, which is more about the small group work the teacher does, suggests having consistent, simple stations and I'm trying to follow that advice, but it isn't easy.

#### Munchkins

##### Senior Member
merci

Great websites! I am going to put the game sheet in wipe-off folders so they can be reused. Thanks for sharing!

#### Eli O.

##### Senior Member
Awesome website

I do math centers in table groups sinse I teach 1/2 day it works better for me. If it is a partner game, they just play with someone at their table. I have been doing centers around our math series, everyday math. We have done counting centers and shape centers. I think math centers are more difficult for me b/c you have to change them all the time-not like literacy where they stay the same.

#### sunnydays21

##### Junior Member
I use a lot of manipulatives in my math stations. One is pattern blocks --in the beginning the students are just handling them and "playing" with them to get used to them. Then I add laminated picture cards where they have to match the blocks to the pattern. (I got those for free online). Another station is bears where they can count/sort/create patterns. I let them play with them for the first couple of weeks, then add laminated cards where they have to match the pattern or sort colors onto paper plates.
You can also use links--have them count, create patterns, and measure things around the room with them. A few students can be on the computer-math games, math on starfall. You can also have a math writing center where they write numbers, number words etc.

If you're working on addition/subtraction you can have another center where they can use counters/bears to complete math problems on a skillsheet.

I find groups of three or four work best--any more than that and they fight over the manipulatives. Mine are in no way cutesy or fancy--very simple and straightforward. And I explain the centers daily---tell them WHY they're working in that center. They should be able to answer the questions "What are you doing and why?" For example, "I'm using pattern blocks to create/copy a pattern". Admin in my school is really big on that: students knowing the focus/skill being taught.