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.

For 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.