Download this document for the Math Workshop setup along with the “Station Expectations” poster. These can be glued on large paper and used to introduce your class to Math Worskhop.
These are the folders I’ve used in first and second grade for Workshop. I staple two folders together and create one section for every station they are visiting. The group leader carries the big folder from station to station and distributes materials in the folder to the students. These are differentiated by color.
This is a PowerPoint you can use to rotate your groups. The colors are the same colors as the folders given to each group leader. Advance to the next slide after the time is up. You can actually view the time on the PowerPoint as you go through the presentation to help you keep track!
These are the folders I’ve used in 3-5th grades. I create one folder per group for both the Problem Solving and Independent Practice stations. For fluency, they are usually playing a game on the computer or with manipulatives, and at the teacher station they don’t need a folder. The folders are differentiated by shape.
Front Row: Fantastic site- free, tracks your students, motivating, common core aligned, definitely worth your time!
Xtramath: Fluency practice in +,-,x, and ÷
Kakooma: Greg Tang’s game, helps students practice addition fact fluency in a non-traditional way. Students can play independently, against each other, or against people from around the world. Can also be printed out through Tang’s resource page.
Sheppard Software: These are math games based on topic- some are leveled. Fun, fast practice.
Problem Solving

Max’s Math Adventures (2-3): Story problems/”mysteries” that can be solved online or downloaded as a PDF. Also includes the ability to be read aloud to students.

Math Mysteries (3-5): Story problems/”mysteries” that can be solved online or downloaded as a PDF. Also includes the ability to be read aloud to students.

Inside Mathematics: Click the grade level and see different problems by topic. These are leveled and excellent problem solving practice- some are very difficult. They also include a whole class/primary option.

Mathwire: Google “mathwire problem solving grade ___” for more specific Mathwire problems. These are broken down by grade level but the site also contains more than this link- these are excellent for the problem solving station.

Illustrative Mathematics: This site includes word problems and detailed answers based on the standards. Sometimes they need to be made kid-friendly, but they are great overall.

Bedtime Math: Daily math problem at 4 different levels. Real-world connections, engaging, and interesting for students. Also involves reading. The answers are directly below the problems, so you might want to print these out as well.



Common Core Mathematics Vocabulary: Great site for word walls and vocabulary stations, common core aligned vocabulary presented in three different formats.

Math Share Site: Access information relative to Howell Township’s math department using your district username and password.

Illuminations: One of the best databases for Math lessons and projects. Includes many problem-based learning possibilities and differentiated lessons.

Teaching Channel: Excellent resource for videos, lessons, and ideas. All current educational trends and topics covered. Includes other subject areas, this link is to Math only.

LearnZillion: Great resources for common core lessons.

Xtra Math: Free, web-based math fluency site great for students to use in school and at home to help master basic facts.

DreamBox: This site contains several games and activities for K-5 teachers and students.

Greg Tang Math: Singapore-math based mathematician has TONS of great resources for teachers and students.

 Fluency Center Ideas: For those who are using a Math Workshop or want to start a fluency center in their classroom, this is a good resource! (geared at primary grades)
Math Mysteries: Scholastic-created site with several math “mysteries” (story problems) broken up by topic. Great for your problem solving station in Math Workshop.


Beluga Math: (all grades) Students will love exploring the Beluga world as they master math facts and concepts. A great, completely free, and regularly updated app for students of all ages. Text is read aloud to struggling readers.
10 Minutes a Day Times Tables: (Gr. 2) Short bursts of practice improve your students’ fluency with multiplication!
IXL Math: (Gr K-5) Make math tangible with IXL Math Practice! Over 2,500 standards-aligned skills provide comprehensive coverage of K-12 math content, while hundreds of colorful awards celebrate important milestones. From skip-counting with pictures to multi-step story problems, IXL’s interactive practice formats bring the joy of learning right to students’ fingertips.
Khan Academy: (all grades) Khan Academy has become a phenomena in the past few years. It offers free online Math classes, ranging from elementary school to college level. Like their online courses, the app is free. It enables you to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 2700 videos.
Kakooma: (Grades 2+) This game is fun and easy once you get the hang of it! Tap the number in the sequence of squares that is a sum of 2 other numbers. Continue and the levels become more difficult. This is the app version of Greg Tang’s popular online game, available on his website. A student-tested favorite!
Number Flash: (Grades K-2) Helps children transition from counting to number understanding. Watch a video demonstrationof Number Flash in action!

Sushi Monster: (Grades 1-2) This is a fun, interactive, and multi-level game to practice math fluency. Completely engaging and appropriately challenging.

10 Frame Fill: (Grades K-1) This game provides children practice with recognizing additive “10 Families” (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer; select to show a corresponding number sentence.

Domino-KIDS: (Grades K-1) A powerful arithmetic math set for the 1st Grade! To counting, calculating or simply to have fun in playful handling on numbers! First counting … then calculating, pushing, pulling, tapping … and then understanding!

Number Pieces Basic: (Grades K-2) (more of a manipulative than a game): Number Pieces Basic helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students can use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, count, regroup, add, and subtract. The drawing tools allow students to label representations and show their understanding.

Todo Math: (Grades K-2) Todo Math is the award-winning and beloved early elementary math app that offers an unsurpassed 300+ days of math activities, 20+ multi-level games, and 30+ engaging mathematical missions!

Animal Math: (Designed for K, appropriate for K-1) Travel the world over from Bessie’s Farm to the plains of Africa to the deepest reaches of outer space as you join math-explorer Emma through more than 100 fun math games on a quest to help her animal friends find a way home!  Playable by kids of all ages with lots of positive encouragement, professional narration and catchy music. Cute characters include cows, chickens, lions, giraffes, kittens, puppies, robots and monsters! Designed by parents and teachers, this app adheres to Common Core Standards for kindergarten math.

Bitsboard Math: (Grades 1-2)“If you want your kids to excel at math then download this app! It includes over 6 math games and over 1,000 pre-build practice tests to master multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division! It’s a huge time saver for parents and teachers. Not only that, the math games are fun and interactive to keep kids engaged and learning more!”

Raccoon Ninja: (Grades 1-2) *Weapons are used to slice numbers- download with discretion* Raccoon Ninja is on a mission to return the sacred scrolls, and he has to fight his way through the Skunk Ninjas to retrieve them. Follow along with his adventure by answering correct addition and subtraction problems. Throw weapons at the correct answers and get weapon upgrades as a reward for your progress.

Endless Numbers: (Grade K) As a follow-up to Endless Alphabet, set the stage for early numeracy learning with Endless Numbers! Kids will have a blast learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition with the adorable Endless monsters. Each number features interactive sequences and equation puzzles with numbers that come alive, and a short animation that provides context and meaning to each number.

Sheppard Software: Interactive leveled games that make Math fun. Also includes other subject areas.
Freerice Multiplication Tables: Fluency practice that is self-leveling (and for every question answered correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to kids in need)
Kakooma: Challenge your classmates, friends, or strangers around the world in this quick-thinking addition game! Click the number that is the sum of two other numbers in the picture. Sounds easy, but it gets more difficult as you go on.
Math Live: Great site for kids to watch ‘episodes’ of a show to reinforce Math concepts. Geared toward grades 4-5 and above but 3rd might benefit from this site as well.
Math Playground: Interactive word problems for students to solve.
Math-Play: Games to reinforce math concepts, leveled by grade.
PARCC Games: These are great practice for skills being tested on the PARCC. Also builds digital literacy.


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