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Active Math Station Rotation

Suggested Grade Level(s): 2, 3

Content Standard(s):

  • 2 - Math
    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to +/- | 2.NBT.5:
      Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • 2 - Physical Education
    • S2.E2.2:
      Combines shapes, levels and pathways into simple travel, dance and gymnastics sequences.
  • 3 - Math
    • Use pl. value understanding and props. of oper. for multi-digit math | 3.NBT.2:
      Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • 3 - Physical Education
    • S2.E2.3:
      Recognizes locomotor skills specific to a wide variety of physical activities.

Purpose of Activity (objectives, etc.):

Students will move around the room utilizing a variety of locomotor movements traveling from one math station to the next in order to complete the problems in each station.

Materials/Equipment (Needed):

  • Math Flash Cards (Grade Appropriate) link to S&S
  • Construction Paper
  • Paper / Pencil


Set up four or more stations around your classroom and in each station, have a sign (on the construction paper) indicating what type of locomotor movement students should use to travel to the next station after they complete the math problems. Examples of locomotor movements could include: hopping, skipping, walking, jogging, etc. Include a minimum of three flash cards with grade appropriate math problems and a supply of pencils.

Divide students into groups by numbering them 1-4 (or more if you have more than 4 stations). On the signal to begin, students will travel using any locomotor movement they choose to their first station. There they will pick up a pencil, work the math problems on the flash cards, writing their answers on their paper. On the change signal, they will perform the locomotor movement indicated on the movement sign and travel to the next station.

For safety, students should not carry the pencils from one station to the next.


10 minutes

Assessment Idea:

Evaluate whether students followed directions by performing the indicated movement when traveling from one station to the next. Take up the students paper at the end of the activity to assess their understanding of the math concepts you chose.