Monday, January 18, 2016

Stations and Centers part 3.

Reading, School, Education, ChildI went through my book stash and discovered three books on using stations in the classroom.   I'd forgotten I had them.

They are put out by Walsh Education and are geared to meet the  Common Core State Standards. Each book comes with a list of the standards covered by each activity, an introduction which covers everything needed to implement the activities to debriefing the students.  There is also a materials list.

Each activity is designed for four stations and each station has a different activity. The first few pages are the teachers guide with answers, information, etc and then the second set of sheets needed for each station.

Algebra I covers matrices, literal equations, ratios and proportions, linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, systems of equations, solving quadratic equations, functions, and statistics. 

I looked at the ratios and proportions activity.  Station one has students matching cards that have the proper conversion such as 12 inches = 1 foot.  The 12 inches is on one card and the 1 foot is on a different card.  After matching the cards, students answer additional questions and practice converting units.  The second station has students convert temperatures, find area and perimeter.  Station 3 looks at the topic of probability using marbles while station 4 uses tiles to create ratios.  The four stations have students apply ratios and proportions to a variety of situations.

Geometry covers congruence, similarity, right triangles, trigonometry, circles, and geometric sequences.  The congruence section includes activities on traversals, triangles, bisectors, medians, altitudes, and 2 dimensional shapes.

Algebra II has activities on quadratics, functions including piece-wise functions, inverse and logarithmic functions,  conics and probability.

I wish I'd thought about using stations earlier in the year but I still have half the year so I can implement some of these activities.  I am getting ready to teach 2 dimensional figures in geometry and quadratics in different ways to both algebra 1 and 2.