Storage and tub contents:
Debbie suggests approximately 10 stations, give or take some depending on your class size. You may want to start the year off with six, one for each mathematics strand. You may want to have grading achievement in each strand of math and report that out to parents in lieu of a traditional letter grade for an entire test. This makes sense as the checking progress tests (end of unit tests) test students progress and mastery on skills within these 6 strands. Ms. Diller suggests adding your math books right into the math station tubs…you will need to determine which “math strand box” to place your book in after you read it to your class. You can use outstanding math games to build right into the main lesson. After you teach the games, they can be stored in the appropriate tub for future use. The games may go in the “math strand tubs.” You may want to make math talk cards with key vocabulary and “I Can” lists to tape to the inside cover of each tub (suggested by the author).
In her book, Debbie provides amazing colorful photos of sample management boards teachers can use to show students what math stations to go to or if they will be meeting with the teacher on a specific day. These type of management boards are fabulous and work wonders with early primary kids.