Tuesday 3 January 2012

Math Stations 4 - Mittens, Snowmen, and Penguins, Oh My!

Oh holidays, how I love you so! I love sleeping in, playing with Bella all day, going shopping, baking with my new KITCHENAID STAND MIXER (love it!), and just plain relaxing! I still have another 5 days of vacation, but I feel like they are going too fast!! I have been trying to be good and not do much school work over the holidays. The only thing I have been working on is my January math centers. They are finished and all ready to go! I just uploaded my Winter Math Centers to TpT for $6.00. Check them out by clicking the picture below!

Station #1: Hot Chocolate Puzzles

Students match up the numbers to the correct number words (from 1-20). There are two recording sheet options: write the numbers or write the number words.

Station #2: Mitten Counting by 5's

This is a great pocket chart station. Students organize the cards in order from 5-100. There are three different colored sets of cards. There are two recording sheet options: blank and partially filled in.

Station #3: Spin and Graph a Snowman

Students spin the spinner and record the results on a bar graph. Students answer which item was spun the most/least and then can decorate their own snowman on the back!

Station #4: Snowball Measurement

Students measure winter characters using "snowballs". You can use white pompoms, beads, buttons, marshmallows, etc.

Station #5: How Many Fish?

Students pull a domino to see how many fish (dots) the penguin will catch! They write an addition sentence to go with it.

Station #6: Mitten Patterns

Students choose a pattern card and color in the mittens to show that repeating pattern.

Station #7: One Less/One More

Students choose a number card (from 5-40). They write the number in the middle. Then they write the number that is one less and the number that is one more.

Station #8: Penguin Doubles

Students match up the addition double cards with the correct sums. There is a recording sheet to go with it.

Station #9: Snowball Ordering

Students choose three snowball cards (numbers from 0-29) and place them in order from least to greatest. They write the three numbers on their recording sheet and choose three new snowballs!


  1. This looks fantastic!! I love the clip art. I have my first day back tomorrow. I am already anticipating being exhausted. I just started my blog and if you have time check it out.

    The First Grade Dream

  2. What a great set of centers! :) I bet your kiddos will have a blast!
    Stories From Second

  3. I'm always super impressed when I see your work stations. They look awesome!


  4. Your stations are beautiful!!! I might have to buy them before we start school on Thursday... :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  6. Typos. Let me try again :)
    Wow! It looks seriously amazing.

    Grade ONEderful

  7. Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower! I'm sending you an award not sure if you've received it already though :)

    Color Me Kinder

  8. What cute ideas! I'm stealing some of these! I'm a fellow first grade teacher and your newest follower. I nominated you for an award! Please visit my blog and check it out!
    Karen from Farming the First Grade Crop

  9. I love your blog! I gave you an award! Check it out on my blog.

  10. I LOVE these math centers, but I do have a question. I apologize if you have answered this before, this is my first time on the blog. How do you introduce each of these centers to your students? Do you have all readers? Or do you explain each one?

  11. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for the comment! No, my class is definitely not all readers :) I think the directions are more for me than anything else! They help keep me organized!

    With my monthly centers, I always make sure they cover skills that we have already practiced somehow--whole class lessons, worksheets, previous centers, etc. They are never meant to teach a new skill. I save that for whole class/small group lessons.

    The day we start our new round of centers, I do explain each of them. Mostly I just give a short demonstration. If one of the centers seems hard to understand, I might do a "fishbowl" demonstration and have a couple students try it out in the middle of the circle for a few minutes. Seeing it in progress helps them understand it better.

    I hope this helps! Feel free to email me (atervoort@gmail.com) if you have any other questions!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I really love your centers, all of them from Sept through now. I think I just might have to check into TpT!

    First Impressions