I do math centers or stations every single day. I have 10 stations in the rotation at a time, and change the stations each month. Changing out the stations is no biggie, but finding the right manipulatives to match each station is something that does me in every. single. time.
I got to thinking, and thought why not put all the manipulatives that students would need for ANY station into ten sets to go with the ten stations? I was feeling pretty much like a genius at this point and dug right in.
Next I filled them up. I took an inventory of what most stations needed which included number cards, dice, (I put one die in die, one six sided, and one ten sided die in each) a dry erase marker, game pieces, and a paperclip to use as a spinner.
This way students grab their station and any station bag and are ready to work! As a bonus, I discovered that the bag itself could actually be used as a mini dry erase board. I mean really, how much better could this get?
I used these math station bags throughout all of last year and they were awesome! They stood up throughout the year and I have had to replace very minimal amounts of the contents which is much better than what was happening when I changed out the manipulatives along with the stations.
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