Day 20 – Math Islands


Since I was out on Thursday and Friday, I wanted my students to take a day to review and practice what was learned.   I set up the class into stations, called “Islands”.  There were 4 islands (2 of each for some classes), and each island had a set of problems for the students to solve.  They stayed with their same group of four throughout all rotations and by the end of their “trip”, they had collected 4 problem sets, all of which serve as a great review.

The islands were as follows:

  • Island 1 – Comparing Numbers
  • Island 2 – Ordering Numbers
  • Island 3 – Adding Integers
  • Island 4 – Subtracting Integers.

ImageFor homework, I had the students summarize what they did in class today.  They had to write 1-2 paragraphs telling what was done at each station, an example problem from each, and a description of how to solve or do that type of problem.

The activity was a bit chaotic at the beginning of the day but it smoothed out nicely by the end!  I heard lots of students helping other students which is always a plus



About Gretchen Simmerson

Middle School math teacher living in Austin, Texas.
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