Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seussville Stations (Part 1)

I decided to approach our week in Seussville by creating "Seussville Stations" in my classroom. The concept is the same as when using centers; I just changed the name to make it more appealing and "catchy" for the students. I thought it would be neat to create a post for each station so you could have a bit more insight into the activities.

Station 1: The race is on!

The concept for this station is simple: you start with a basket full of mismatched socks. The students take turns racing to see how many matches they can make in one minute. However, each student in the group has a role.

Student 1: Match-maker
Student 2: Score-keeper
Student 3: Timer
Student 4: "Judge" (This student checks to make sure all the pairs do indeed match and mixes them all up in the basket again after they have been counted.)

While at this station, the students take turns so that each child gets to fulfill each role at some point before they move on to another station. For groups that had 5 students, we simply had two judges for each round.

Pictures like this are priceless. Love. 
"These are clean socks, right?"

They really liked using the timers. It was neat to hear them start a countdown when the timer hit ten seconds remaining. I didn't tell them to do that, but they got really into the whole activity. Their excitement was contagious; they couldn't wait to get to this station.

As a teacher, my favorite part of this exercise was the fact that the students were actively collecting and documenting their own data (MD4). During the station rotations, they used magnets to record the highest number of pairs matched by a student in their group. Then, at the end of the day, we replaced their magnets with bars to finish our whole-class bar graph. They were so proud of the final product. We have created whole-class graphs before, based on voting results for favorite colors, desserts, etc. The "work" part for this, however, was simply so much fun. Next year, when we really begin looking at graphs and data, I will have to remember to incorporate something like this on the front-end of that instruction as well.