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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Station Cards
Prerequisites:
Students must be able to recognize and match different shapes.
Purpose of Activity:
To help students transition to a different station in an organized way.
Suggested Grade Level:
PreK-5
Materials Needed:
One piece of construction paper; one envelope for each station; index cards; stapler; and a marker;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

On each piece of construction paper, draw a different shape. Make one shape for each station. I use a circle, triangle, square, and a zig-zag line. Staple an envelope to the bottom of the construction paper. Draw the same shapes on the index cards (one shape per card). At each station place one piece of construction paper with the shape on it. Make sure that you put it in a prominent place where the students can see and reach it.

After explaining the different stations to the students hand them each an index card depending on which station you want them to start at. When the student gets the index card they will then go to the station designated by the shape on the card. For example if a student has a card with a circle on it, he/she would go to the station designated with a circle.

When the students get to that station they will then place the card inside the envelope that is stapled to the construction paper. When you want the students to move to a different station, hand them a different index (shape) card. Make sure that you tell the students that they must stay at that particular station until the teacher hands them another shape card.

This idea has worked very well for students with autism in my classes because it helps them to transition to a new station. This idea also works well for preschool and early elementary students who have trouble moving to a different station and staying at that station until the signal is given to switch.
Author:
Barry Ward who teaches at Franklin County Educational Service Center in Columbus , OH . Posted on PEC: 5/17/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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