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Math Workstations in Action
Powerful Possibilities for Engaged Learning in Grades 3–5

ISBN 9781138675032
Published September 25, 2017 by Routledge
244 Pages 310 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learn how to incorporate math workstations into your elementary math classes. Math workstations allow students to engage in meaningful, independent math practice through student-driven games and activities, and can be implemented as part of a math workshop or in a traditional math class. In this book, bestselling author and consultant Nicki Newton shows you how to set up and manage math workstations for topics such as fluency, word problems, math vocabulary, and more. You’ll also learn how to differentiate the activities for all ability levels and promote rigorous instruction, enabling your students to get the most out of this fun and engaging instructional method. Topics include:

  • Teaching fractions, decimals, measurement, geometry, and more with a variety of tools and hands-on activities;
  • Developing word problems and games to help students gain understanding of difficult mathematical concepts;
  • Using precise mathematical language to encourage clear communication and logical thinking;
  • Evaluating student competency and development with pre-assessments, anecdotals, checklists, and self-reflections;
  • Implementing new technologies to think through, explain, and present mathematical concepts.

Each chapter includes a variety of charts, tools, and practice problems that you can use in the classroom immediately, and the strategies can be easily adapted for students at all levels of math fluency across grades 3–5.

Table of Contents



Meet the Author


  1. Getting Started
  2. Workstation Management
  3. Fluency Workstations
  4. The Word Problem Workstation
  5. Vocabulary & Writing Workstations
  6. Digital Workstations
  7. Place Value Workstations
  8. Fraction Workstations
  9. Decimal Workstations
  10. Measurement Workstations
  11. Geometry Workstations
  12. A Quick Word About Balanced Assessment

Appendix A: An Action Plan for Making it Happen

Appendix B: General Guidelines and FAQs

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Dr. Nicki Newton has been an educator for 28 years, working both nationally and internationally, with students of all ages. She has worked on developing Math Workshop and Guided Math Institutes around the country; visit her website at She is also an avid blogger (, tweeter (@drnickimath), and Pinterest pinner (


"Math teachers, math coaches, principals, and home schooling parents will appreciate this book for ideas for spiraling skills and keeping students engaged. The Power Tower was my favorite take-away. The specific station ideas will be extremely valuable for teachers." - Tracy Easterling, Instructional Technology Coach and K-6 Math/Science Specialist, Bristol Tennessee City Schools

"As a math coach, the teachers I work with are constantly asking for resources to use as a guide for guided math. I like how this book is broken into concept areas.  I know that this will come in handy for teachers as well as for people in my position that are trying to find them resources." – Aubrey Carpenter, Instructional Math Coach, Danville District 118, IL