Within a class of 30 students, it is unlikely that all students learn the same. Some students might prefer to watch a video, while others would rather look at charts or read primary sources. Therefore, it is important that the teacher target and address all learning styles in order to make the material accessible to the students. This can be extremely challenging in a 45-60 minute lesson, however, by using stations, you can target different learning styles within one class period.
Although creating a lesson with stations can be very time consuming for the teacher beforehand, it has several positive effects on the students' motivation and academic performance. Below is an overview of how you can incorporate stations into your lessons, and different types of activities that can be used.
Before the lesson
Identify the aim of the lesson
Identify station types
During the lesson
Class activity (if applicable).
Students are given a large portion of time to complete a series of questions for the stations. Depending on the students, you can set a certain amount of stations that need to be completed 3/5, 4/5 etc. This is a great way to differentiate for students who are more advanced or are a little slower since you can individually assign them a number of stations that need to be completed. (30 minutes)
Bring the student back together as a class in order to complete the Exit Ticket. The exit ticket should be the aim that the students need to answer. (15 minutes)
World War I Sample Lesson
Below you will find a sample lesson plan on World War I. This lesson is composed of several activities. The aim of this lesson is to express to the students the horrendous conditions the soldiers experienced, and how technology impacted the war. By completing at least 3 of the stations (that the students choose), they will have a solid understanding of why the United States joined the war, and how the war affected the soldiers. If student are unable to complete the entire lesson in one class period, you can run this over several days.
Whole class video and activity
Reading and partner activity - US enters WWI
Map Work - alliances
Image analysis + reading - trench warfare
Image analysis + reading - military advancements
Charts and graphs - soldier deaths
Virtual reality experience - Google Expeditions VR
Below you will find links to each of the 4 documents in order to run the lesson. This is one of the many lessons that are available from our lesson subscription, which is included for free with all Google Expeditions VR kit purchases.