Saturday, January 18, 2014

Olympic Sized Differentiated Math Stations Fun

While all those Winter Olympians have been busy training, I’ve been putting my laminator through it’s paces, my fingers have been working out daily, and I’m ready for some differentiated Olympic Winter Sports Math Stations fun. 

The Olympics are only a few weeks away, but I’ve whipped  up a packet of 13 stations that are going to go great with my Olympic Winter Sports Word Work Stations and will keep my kinders engaged and happy to be keeping up with all the games and medal excitement.

I am so excited for my kinders to have some Olympic fun.  Here's what I have planned for math during all the games hoopla.  

Each station is differentiated and aligned.

Station 1:  Winter Sports Roll Say Keep (Use 2D shapes, 3D shapes, tens/ones place value and/or numerals)

Students roll the dice and identify the number or shape.  There are some fun, special cards that make play more fun and interesting.

Station 2:  Winter Sports Count Color and Record (In color or black/white)
Students  count the athletes, color, graph and count.  There are three different kinds of recording sheets for you to select from for differentiating.

Station 3:  Winter Sports Play-Doh Mats for Making Ten or Making 20.
My kiddos love working with play-doh and this activity lets them get that fine motor practice AND working on making ten (or twenty).  It's a win-win.

Station 4:  Winter Sports Number Order Fun
Students pick three random cards and place them order from smallest to biggest.  

Then they write the numbers beneath.

Once they have had plenty of practice, I offer them a practice sheet to record some of the number orders they made.

Station 5:  Winter Sports Memory.
Played just like traditional memory, students can match identical numbers or you can mix it up and have them match up tens/ones cards with numerals. It's up to you!

Station 6:  Winter Sports Linking Fun. 

Some of my students are still struggling with simple number order while others need to practice counting by 5s (or others who need the challenge of counting by 2s).

They love the challenge, and I love that they also can get a bit of fine motor practice by manipulating the links.  

Station 7:  Winter Sports Champ.
This is a number recognition game that you play with tens/ones cards or numeral cards.  You decide which cards are most appropriate for your students.

Station 8:  Pass The Torch.

One of my class' favorite games, students hide the torch behind a card while others try to guess where it is hidden by naming the number card.  (Tens/Ones cards or numeral cards to 50).

Station 9:  Grab Some Winter Sports Gear Spin and Win
Students place a card on the playing mat and then spin to see if the bigger or smaller number wins. 

Available in ten frames, tally marks and numerals.

Station 10:  Self-correcting/Independent Winter Sports Olympic sized Addition and Subtraction.
This independent station allows students to practice addition or subtraction 0-5 or 0-10 on their own.  The self-correcting card allows them to write their answer, open the card and check for understanding.

Station 11:  Winter Sports Yatta (pronounced Yacht-Ah)
This game can be played with counting objects cards, addition to 5 cards, addition to 10 cards or all three depending on how you need to differentiate for your students.  Students turn over a card and quickly try to find the answer on the playing mat, point to it and say 'Yatta.'  The first one that does, wins the card.   It's a great game for fluency and very addictive.

Station 12:  Sizing Up Winter Sports Fun.
Students use non-standard and standard measurement to 'size up' winter sports items and athletes.  

There are six different recording sheets from which to choose and that will help you with differentiating.

Station 13:  Hockey Math Bump.
This is your traditional bump game available for play with 2 dice or 3 depending on the readiness of your students.  Students roll the dice to cover the number.  You must secure your number with two 'markers' or you can get 'bumped' off by your opponent.

That's about it.  It's going to be so fun to watch the games, and I can't wait until they get started . . . only 21 more days!  

If you want to know more about these activities, just click on any of the pictures above  or the picture below and you'll be able to see all the details in the preview 

and these stations each include a student instruction poster to help facilitate independence.

Make sure you're checking back.  I'm hoping to have some freebies to go along with all the excitement of the games.  


  1. Your pictures are so gorgeous!
    Fun In First

    1. Thanks Jodi. I've been practicing. :)

  2. So adorable! I've gotta ask, how do long do your centers last? Mine seem to get bent up pretty quickly.... :(



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