Sunday 23 October 2011

Math Stations - Set 2

Here is my next set of math stations, ready to go tomorrow! I only have 8 stations this time. I also changed my groups around so students get the chance to work with different students. The stations are Halloween/October themed, but we will keep doing them the first bit of November (because I am a bit late getting them all ready to go). I found some awesome Halloween goodies at the dollar store (Canadian teachers... how much do you LOVE Dollarama? American friends, I know your Dollar Tree is just as good!) I bought some Halloween rings for counters, small pumpkin erasers for counting, and pumpkin ice cube trays that make perfect ten frames! Here is how I used them and more!

Station #1: How Many Spiders?

Students roll two dice and place that number of spiders on each web. They write a number sentence on their recording sheet. Notice my colour matching foam dice and spider counters? I'm a nerd like that. :)

Click here for label, recording sheet, and spider web mat.

Station #2: October Graphing (totally inspired by Doodle Bugs Teaching fall graphing centre)

Students each get a picture collage sheet and count the number of each picture. They colour in the bar graph and answer the questions. Click to download here.

{Download US spelling version here.}

Station #3: Pumpkin Guess & Count (this one was inspired by Erica Bohrer's freebie Candy Corn Estimation and Counting)

I filled up four little containers with small pumpkin erasers. Students make a guess and then count how many pumpkins there really are. Click here to download.

Station #4: Spooky Bingo

I made three different bingo cards with numbers from 1-10. The goal is to get four in a row any which way. I used ten frame cards as the bingo cards, but you can use a regular deck of cards with the face cards removed or a 10-sided die if you have. I also used unifix cubes as the bingo chips, but you can use anything--Halloween counters, actual bingo chips, or even Halloween foam shapes. Click here to download the bingo cards and directions.

Station #5: Bat Patterns

I got these bats from Dollarama. They were actually in a pack of Halloween rings, but the ring part actually snaps off so I can use them as counters. Students make patterns with the counters first with two colours, then with three. They colour in their patterns on the recording sheet. Click here to download this station.

Station #6: Pumpkin Sums of 10

When I saw these silicone pumpkin ice cube trays with TEN spots in them, I knew I had to find someway to use them as a math station. So I used some colourful pumpkins (from the same set of rings the bats came from) as counters to help students discover all the ways to make ten. They fill in each spot on the pumpkin tray and then colour in the ten frame on the recording sheet and write a number sentence to make 10. Click here to download the label and recording sheet.

Station #7: Yummy! Candy!

I tell students that the dominoes are like two bags of candy. They need to find out how many candy are in both bags. They pull a domino out of the tub and draw the same dots on their recording sheet. They write a number sentence to go with it. Click here to download this station.

Station #8: Count the Spiders

Students choose one of the cards, count the number of spiders on it, and write the number on the recording sheet. Click here to download.

Well that is it for my Halloween math stations. Hopefully you can use some of these before Halloween, or tuck it in your back pocket for next year! Happy haunting everyone!


  1. Thanks, Amanda! I love these ideas. Where did you find the pumpkin ice trays?


  2. I love these! Thanks so much for sharing!! We'll be using them this week or next! :)

  3. Awesome- thank you for sharing! These are wonderful!

  4. Megan,

    The pumpkin ice trays were a find from my local dollar store - Dollarama.


  5. I am your newest follower! Love your blog!
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  6. You have such great ideas! I have a question though - how do you store all your centers after you're done with them?

  7. Thanks so much, Nadine!

    I just have the one set of snap-lid containers for the centres, so when I switch them up (about once a month) I just take the materials and store them in my monthly tubs. These are large Rubbermaid tubs that I keep my monthly theme files in (Back to School, Thanksgiving, Fire Safety, Halloween, etc.) If the centre required dice/cards/other manipulatives, I put those back into my math storage tubs to use with different centres or activities.

  8. I just found these today. Too bad I won't get to use them this year....but, next year I will be pulling them out for sure!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Awesome..... so glad I found these, can't wait til next year:)

  10. These are adorable! Where did you find your soft small dice?!

    1. Thank you! I have no idea where I got those dice from... It might have been at a "Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks" math workshop.

      I found these ones for sale online though... 25 cents each? Not bad!

  11. I am your newest follower! You have some great ideas. Any chance I can get the graphing activity (station #2) with the "American" spelling of color? It's too cute!

    1. Check up on the blog--I put a link to the US spelling version.