# 3 Tips for Setting Up Math Stations

Transform your math block and include math stations! Math stations are a great way for students to practice skills, engage in their learning, and give you an opportunity to work with smaller groups of students. The days that I use math stations are some of my favorite days. I want to share with you some of the tips that I have learned with utilizing math stations in my classroom.

**1 – Activity Choice Matters!**

When I choose or create activities for math centers, I like to choose a variety of different types of activities. With the various activities, your students are more likely to stay engaged and stay motivated during the stations.

**Some of my favorite activities: **

- Mazes (6th Grade Maze Puzzles)
- Puzzles
- Task Cards
- Sorts
- Coloring Activities (6th Grade Math Coloring Activities)
- Scavenger Hunts
- Chain Activities

**2 – Keep the Answer Key with the Station! **

I have started laminating the answer key when I laminate the resource! Why? To save my sanity. I used to have to look for the answer key or pull it up on my computer while they are in stations and it was annoying to say the least. Now, I laminate it as I get the activity ready. Sometimes, I let the students check their own answers if it is a sort and a very trustworthy class. Other times, I collect the answer keys and walk around with them as I circulate and assist.

**3 – Be Prepared with a “Done Early” Activity**

Inevitably, not all the stations will be done at the same time. Different learners and different activities take different amounts of time. To make the stations go as smoothly as possible, I always have a “Done Early?” station ready to go. My favorite activity to use in this station is a coloring activity. Students love to color and I like that they still are reviewing an important math concept! Check out the 6th Grade Math Coloring Activities HERE.

If you are looking for Math Review Stations, I am always adding more. Some of my favorites right now are:

- 6th Grade Boot Camp Standardized Test Review
- 6th Grade Basketball Integer Review
- 5th Grade Fraction Multiplication and Division Review

Questions? Am I missing any important tips? Leave a comment below and let me know!