I am begging for help from my bloggy friends. I desperately want to start math stations but I am extremely visual and I cannot find any videos of math stations in actions in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. I have read a few blogs on math stations and there is a ton for the primary grades who have an hour or more for math but we are partially departmentalized so I have 40 / 50 minutes tops per day. There is a few bog posts for older students such as Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics but I need more. I wish I knew someone who used math stations that I could go observe. Seeing math stations in action. Plus we just got a new math series, Go Math which is not working for me but I have to use it and I added Simple Solutions for math review because my standardized scores dropped last year due to Go Math's lack of enough review.
Here is my break down idea.
M - Math Facts Practice (iPad, computer game, flashcards......) - 10 minutes
A - Math Alone / Partner - Complete Go Math practice on other 2 pages of the lesson - 10 minutes
T - Teacher Time - Work with small group with first 2 pages of Go Math (Into lesson) - 10 minutes
H - Homework check (workbook pages & Simple Solutions lesson) & write down homework in planner - 10 minutes
S - Simple Solutions - Co-teacher goes over any questions from the night before homework and review on Thursday for Friday quiz - 10 minutes
I have 11 kids in fourth grade for math so I am thinking 3 groups of 3 - 4 students. I do have a co-teacher so I was thinking he could monitor the "Math Alone / Partner" time to check for comprehension or reteach if they need it. Or add 10 more minutes so he can answer Simple Solutions questions. The only big problem I see is questions from the Simple Solutions. Many times the Simple Solutions topics do not go along with the textbook topics. So I have to do a mini lesson to cover that new topic in Simple Solutions that has not been covered yet or they have forgotten from last year.
My questions to my bloggy friends is will this work? Do you do stations using your textbook series? How do you do it all? Should I use another 10 minutes of my science time (Leaving me 30 minutes for science.) to add another 10 minutes of time for Simple Solutions questions? Ugh!!!!! Help please I am determined to start this next week.